Nottinghamshire YMCA

Nottingham

Grant: £129,000

The need

Young people who are homeless constantly face challenges and bleak prospects. Often, a lack of education, employment and training makes it harder to build a future for themselves. Nottinghamshire YMCA works with these young people to give them the best possible start in life and provide a safe space for them to develop essential life skills.

The project

We invested in the future of Nottingham’s young people by fully funding the YMCA’s renovation of a building in Nottingham City Centre to become a safe 20 bedroom hostel for 16 to 24 year olds. The hostel provides both emergency and longer term supported accommodation and includes dedicated cooking and training facilities for delivering vocational training in catering.  

The impact

All 20 bedrooms are now completed, along with the training kitchen. Nottinghamshire YMCA say the hostel has enabled them to equip young people with fundamental life skills including budgeting, cooking and employability skills, helping them lead successful, independent lives.

Liam, a young person who spent four months on the streets before finding support at the hostel, described the impact the project had had on his self-confidence and practical skills. He is now in a position to start moving into his own flat and said: “I can clean, I can cook, I’ve paid all my debts. 6 months ago I don’t think I’d have even been able to do this interview. Now I’m happy, I’m living my own life.”