Funding of Â£17,650 has been awarded by DM Thomas Foundation to YMCA North Tyneside to support into-employment programme for homeless young people in the North East.
The grant will be used to create a fully fitted training kitchen and community cafÃ© within the YMCA building. The training kitchen and cafÃ© will allow young people who are currently in supported accommodation to receive training and a work placement before transitioning into part or full time employment in the hospitality industry. The project is excepted to have a positive impact for the wider community and provide a new source of income for YMCA, whilst contributing to the fight against youth homelessness.
Thanks to the funding, 30 formerly homeless young people will be able to benefit every year from the programme, using the training kitchen and cafÃ© to gain the skills, qualifications and experience that they need to make a change for themselves.
Dean Titterton, CEO at YMCA, said: â€œProviding somewhere safe for homeless young people to live is just the basics. YMCA strives to impact on young people’s lives to a much greater degree. The ability to offer support, advice, qualifications and on-the-job training is part of our vision to provide a ‘life-package’ for disaffected young people, giving them the skills to live a fulfilling life. The training kitchen and cafÃ© project promises to be an incredible example of joined-up-thinking and has the potential to deliver some amazing outcomes for our young people and our community.”
Simon Sheehan, Director of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, said: â€œWe believe that every young person should be able to fulfil their potential by having access to the best possible education and training opportunities. We are extremely proud to partner with YMCA North Tyneside to deliver a programme that will provide very disadvantaged young people with invaluable into-employment support.â€
Work is already well underway to build the training kitchen and cafÃ©. The first young people to get involved will be start during Autumn 2016, prior to a full launch of the training kitchen and cafÃ© in 2017.
About the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
Through our ABLE giving framework, we help young people in the UK and Europe to Achieve their goals, Beat or ameliorate health conditions, Live independent and fulfilled lives and Experience the best that life can offer.
Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of our corporate partners and the wider community. https://dmthomasfoundation.org