Donations are vital to our success and make a difference to the lives of local young people.
Last year the money raised by our supporters helped young people in many different ways.
Donations last year enabled us to provide YMCA Dialogue counselling sessions across our region. These were either for a low cost or free. They are delivered in community settings and are available for all ages.
At YMCA YAC in Brighton donations go into a client emergency fund. This fund helps to purchase bus passes or travel warrants for clients and interview outfits. When the need arises it also funds sleeping bags and food, or every day clothes for those in real need.
YMCA Guildford was particularly fortunate last year as money raised locally led directly to setting up a new YMCA Positive Placements project. This included employing a part time Positive Placements Coordinator, Sarah who is recruiting and training volunteer mentors from the local community. She has now started working with our residents.
Money raised in Horsham enabled young people to access interviews with travel money and interview clothes. One young person embarked on further training as donations covered the college fees and equipment costs. It has also funded volunteer recruitment and training costs.
Where funding for our WiSE project is under threat donations provide a lifeline. WiSE (What is Sexual Exploitation) does life changing work with children and young people at risk of or already subject to sexual exploitation. Our WiSE workers also deliver invaluable training to professionals. They are then able to identify and appropriately respond to signs of sexual exploitation.
In Brighton & Hove the generosity of local residents funded Christmas gifts for young people living in our housing projects. A staff member’s cycling challenge resulted in the purchase of a new TV for a communal lounge. Another donation funded blenders for the house to make healthy smoothies.