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Your Money Helps Fund New Emergency Beds!

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Looking out the window from the top floor of our building, you would be forgiven for thinking the weather was a lot warmer than it is. The sunshine streaming through our windows and the central heating is keeping us all nice and warm here at YMCA North Tyneside.

But for so many this is not how the day will end, and certainly not how they will wake up tomorrow morning. In 2015, government statistics showed that the number of people sleeping rough on any one night across England was approximately 3569 – this is almost double the figure recorded in 2010. That figure is set to rise.

img_4216We are absolutely delighted to share with you the news that our brand new emergency accommodation is finished and ready to start helping tackle the

growing problem of youth homelessness in the North East. Through our fundraising for homeless young people with our annual SleepEasy event and the Great North Run team – both raising over £5000 each – they have contributed massively to us being able to create three emergency bedsits in our main building. The bedsits are temporary accommodation for young people who for safeguarding purposes, are in need of immediate housing whether at 2pm in the afternoon or 2am in the early hours of the morning.

The bedsits are safe, secure and warm with 24/7 welcoming staff. Staff support young and vulnerable people to settle in to a new environment and work with them to move them to more appropriate, longer term accommodation within YMCA.
Amazingly we have secured some additional funding to turn our management floor into further units of housing, extending the number of young people who can benefit from our holistic offer of supported accommodation. Along with access to our Gym, our Training and Education department offer training course, apprenticeships and work programmes to equip young people with the necessary life skills they require to ultimately move to and sustain, fully independent living. Huge thanks to our architect Grace Choi  and to our contractors Applebridge Construction Ltd.

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  We have two amazing people raising money for our third floor conversion. Read about Jenni  and Adele’s amazing individual stories HERE!

 

 

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