Hope and Homes for the Homeless
Homelessness is devastating, destroying lives and taking away all hope for the future. At Cheltenham YMCA we are committed to helping people at their time of greatest need. We provide a warm bed, a hot shower and, most importantly, a place where they feel safe and secure. Our support team works with each person, guiding, encouraging, supporting and enabling them to return to education, take up vocational training, seek out volunteering opportunities and employment, with the ultimate goal of being able to live independently in the community.
Sadly, in recent years we have had to turn away some of the most vulnerable in our society as we do not have the rooms or resources to support them all – many of the people who come to us for help are just 16 or 17 years of age, although we accommodate single people who are much older.
Generally homelessness is on the rise and the number of people being accepted as homeless in Cheltenham rose by a massive 109% between 2010 and 2011, and then by a further 78% in 2012. All predictions suggest that this increasing trend is likely to continue.
Cheltenham YMCA Redevelopment
In order to meet this anticipated increase in demand and to ensure that we do not have to turn away those who need our help, Cheltenham YMCA has embarked upon an ambitious redevelopment programme, increasing its current provision from 56 rooms to over 100. The first phase of this ambitious plan concluded in the summer of 2015 and involved the demolition and replacement of the 1950s north wing accommodation block with 73 new, modern en suite rooms. Some of these are self-contained apartments; others in clusters of 6 or 8 and sharing communal kitchen and living/dining areas. All residents receive help and support to enable them to move to independent accommodation in the community.
The cost of this initial phase was £4.1million and we still have £40,000 to raise.
The Official Opening by HRH The Princess Royal took place on July 7th 2015. Read more here.
By making a donation now, you will be playing a vital role in ensuring that every young person receives the help and support at a time when they need it most.
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