Due to COVID-19, YMCA Exeter has seen a significant increase in housing applications from young people who are fleeing domestic violence, and others who are no longer able to sofa surg due to social distancing. Many of the young people supported are also dealing with a loss of employment are struggling to cope with isolation and deteriorating mental health.
LandAid’s £8,047 grant will cover staffing resources of their mental health service. This will include additional five days per week of their trained wellbeing workers to provide mental health intervention for up to 60 residents.
YMCA Exeter provides supported accommodation for 52 young adults who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. The charity also supports younger children and teenagers in the wider community through mental health interventions, open access youth services and horticulture rehabilitation for ex-offenders, all of which often includes homelessness prevention signposting and advice.