At 14, Sharnie's education looked like it had hit a dead end, putting her future at risk.
Unemployment can come with a wide range of risks, including debt, mental health problems and homelessness. Newcastle YMCA's mission is to work with young people to overcome crisis situations like these, and as over a fifth of Newcastle’s young people aged 18 to 24 are unemployed, their support services are in high demand.
We have funded the development of Newcastle YMCA’s two buildings to expand the charity’s award-winning Alternative Education Programme. This gives children who have fallen out of mainstream education the chance to achieve their full potential by addressing their specific needs and developing vital employability skills.
We also tackled more immediate threats of homelessness by funding the refurbishment of a maisonette to accommodate up to six care leavers every year. The charity is in final discussions with the local council and North Tyneside YMCA to ensure the care leaver tenants are appropriately supported.
Jeff Hurst, CEO of Newcastle YMCA, said: “the funds awarded by LandAid have enabled us to create an inspirational learning environment where pupils can access knowledge and develop essential skills”.
One young care leaver who was helped by the Newcastle YMCA said: “they gave me a sense of direction, a sense of belonging. They gave me a sense of my future and the knowledge that I can make a difference”.