Fencehouses and Sunderland YMCA

Durham

Grant: £70,000

The need

For young people struggling with mental health problems, finding a suitable place to live can be challenging. They can find themselves living in isolation and debt and face a serious risk of becoming homeless.

The project

We have given a grant to convert an empty pub in Fencehouses into a shared house for young people at risk of homelessness. The house will come with five secure bedrooms, shared bathrooms and communal kitchen, dining and living spaces. The project will also convert the ground floor into a training suite and a one bed self-contained flat for the live-in key worker who is on hand 24-hours a day. 

Fencehouses YMCA own the property and will run the building conversion works, while Sunderland YMCA will provide the young people with support and educational packages. 

The impact

The project offers young people a safe place to live whilst gradually preparing them for independent living and helping them develop the skills needed to realise a positive future.