YMCA Cornwall has been awarded a £14,000 grant to help support vulnerable young people in Penzance. This grant will fund a Resettlement Worker who will support 25 local young people. A further £10,000 from St James’s Place Charitable Foundation will cover the remainder of the salary.
YMCA Cornwall is currently converting its old obsolete sports hall and backpackers accommodation into 20 new self-contained flats for 16 to 25 year olds who are homeless or at risk and need support with problems that are preventing them from moving forward with their lives.
With a safe and stable place to live, young people can address their issues and access opportunities in education, training or employment. When they are ready to move into a home of their own, they can continue to be supported by a YMCA Cornwall resettlement worker for up to six months.
The new Resettlement Worker will support 25 young people, helping them to access education, training or employment and build self-esteem and increase confidence. Additional funding provides training and equipment for essential life skills such as planning meals, cooking and managing a budget, as well as activities and excursions for residents who would not otherwise have the opportunity. When a young person is ready to move out of supported accommodation, they can have six months of ongoing tailored support.
Last year, 63 of the 74 young people who lived at YMCA Cornwall successfully moved on into independent living and sustained their tenancy.
YMCA Cornwall also provides a housing advice service, available to the wider community, which delivered 360 hours of advice last year.
Local freemasons visit YMCA Cornwall
David Hall-Davies, Chief Executive of YMCA Cornwall, said:
“We are very grateful to Cornwall Freemasons for their generous grant, which will be of great assistance in our work with vulnerable young people in Cornwall. With residents starting to move into our new flats, this grant ensures that we continue to provide a high standard of support for housing and resettlement to help young people in Penzance.”
Roger Cargeeg from Cornwall Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help YMCA Cornwall with their important work supporting vulnerable young people in Penzance. Not only do they provide the short-term support that keeps these young people safe, but they give them the long-term help to allow them to turn their lives around and build a stable and secure future for themselves.”