The Room Sponsor scheme is managed by YMCA England & Wales and payment will be taken by them on behalf of YMCA DownsLink Group. Any donations made from this page will go directly to YMCA DownsLink Group.
1 in 5 of the people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25.
Every hour a young person is made homeless. Some have already endured years of neglect or are running away from physical and sexual abuse and now face life on the streets. When it’s cold outside and you’re hungry and homeless, being on the streets is even harder.
Without a place to stay, it’s hard to find a place in the world. As a YMCA Room Sponsor you could help young people in need to discover both – somewhere to break the cycle of homelessness and be empowered to live an independent life.
Transform the lives of young people
As a Room Sponsor, your regular donation can support young people to feel safe and hopeful again.
As a Room Sponsor, your regular donation can support young people to feel safe and hopeful again. Most young people stay for at least four months – and many longer (on average 2 years). Here they can get the advice and support they need to regain confidence, develop skills and get in to work or education.
But changing a life full of challenges doesn’t happen overnight, so that’s why we need regular gifts from Room Sponsors to help people like Becky.
"I feel like I've got a future now..."
Becky was just 10 when her Mum died. Her Dad started to drink heavily and neglected her. At 17, she decided she couldn't stay there anymore and found herself homeless. Alone and scared, she had nowhere left to turn. Until she found us.
YMCA DownsLink Group gave Becky a safe place to call home, in 24-hour supported accommodation. With the help of her project support worker, she is starting to rebuild her life, and is looking forward to the future.
My support worker is great and she's always there if I need someone to talk to. I'm back in college now and doing music which I love. I feel like I've got a future now and things are even getting better with my Dad.
Without a place to stay, it’s hard to find a place in the world. Help young people in need discover both.
As a RoomSponsor you’ll get real, regular feedback from the young people who are turning their lives around, thanks to your regular donation. You’ll also receive a welcome pack and thank you gift.