LandAid helps YMCA to support homeless young people

LaidAid Charitable Trust has approved a grant to YMCA North Tyneside for £117,000. This grant will be used to fund the conversion and refurbishment of a terrace of empty flats above a shops close to YMCA North Tyneside’s flagship housing project in North Shields. The 9 newly refurbished flats will provide safe, secure and suitable “move-on” accommodation for young people that are ready for semi-independent living. 

The proximity to YMCA’s Sir Jame Knott House Supported Accommodation project means that the young people housed in the 9 new flats will be within arms reach of the help, support and advice they need. This includes training and education opportunities with YMCA, access to to the recently redeveloped YMCA Gym, training to develop their independent living skills, support with looking for work and, of course, the essentials such as a laundry.

Nicola Hudspith, Housing Manager at YMCA North Tyneside said: “YMCA’s desire is to help homeless and vulnerable young people to re-start their lives. For some that means long term intensive support with daily one-to-one care. Others simply need somewhere safe to live, somewhere that is secure, clean and well maintained, somewhere where they know they can easily get support if they need to ask. These 9 flats give YMCA the opportunity to move young people closer to independent living and we are incredibly grateful to LandAid for their grant to help us do this.”

Dean Titterton, CEO at YMCA North Tyneside said: “In 2015 we opened our first 20 units of supported accommodation in North Shields. Just over a year on we are opening 9 more flats with the assistance ofLandAid, and we have plans for many more. Ultimately success breeds success and the unique approach that our Housing team is taking is yielding results that speak for themselves. Our desire is to not only house, but also to develop young people who are most in need. Putting them back on the road to independent living and a successful life.”

LandAid brings the property industry together to help protect young people on the streets, provide accommodation and training and tackle the root cause of homelessness.

Find out more at www.landaid.org

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