An overview of YMCA Norfolk
YMCA Norfolk is a local independent charity supporting young people and families affected by homelessness. We provide accommodation, positive activities, life skills and preparation for independent living, which helps break the cycle of homelessness.
Our main activities include: Housing and Accommodation for up to 240 young people every night; Health and Wellbeing awareness sessions for young people and professionals; Training and Education for young people, developing confidence, life skills and employment skills; Family Work that supports 290 families and provides specialist interventions to families in crisis; and Youth and Community work including delivery of youth clubs across Norfolk.
Our mission is to transform young lives. Our vision is to be an inclusive Christian organisation, transforming communities across Norfolk so that young people truly belong, contribute and thrive.
Our main activity is the provision of accommodation and support for homeless young people aged 16 to 25; centred on our belief that every one deserves a safe place to live. We focus on young people’s holistic development, supporting them with practical skills and emotional resilience so that they can fulfil their potential, become independent, good citizens, and contribute to their communities.
We also provide a safe home for 34 single parent families and support a total of 292 families across the county. We have a dedicated Families’ Team which helps vulnerable families as an alternative to care, preventing family breakdown and empowering them to take steps towards being reunified along with a Youth and Community Team who work with young, disadvantaged people in our services and others across Norfolk to give them basic life, health and employability skills.
Upcoming projects: 2021- 2022
Below is a list of brand new projects that we are currently seeking for. Please read the project overview and get in touch if you would like further information or if you’re interested in funding the cause:
Umbrella Housing Great Yarmouth: Support for Single Parent Families
Umbrella Housing Great Yarmouth is a housing project supporting single-parent families living in the Great Yarmouth area. With plans to work with the local council, we will provide housing and a support service where clients feel part of their local community. The project mirrors Umbrella Norwich, which provides housing to 26 families, and we are currently seeking funding for a third Umbrella property in Great Yarmouth (typically 2-3 bedroom houses suitable for young families).
We currently own 3 properties in North Great Yarmouth (2 houses and 1 shared accommodation) and are therefore familiar with the neighbourhood and local services available. We are keen to offer clients a safe place to call home in an area they can thrive and contribute to society in a positive, progressive way.
Family First Norfolk
The Family First project recognises that being part of a family is not always easy and sometimes children, young people and parents experience difficult situations and may benefit from a little help. The project is set to offer sustainable support for young single parents and their families escaping homelessness and vulnerable situations.
We would like to appoint a dedicated Family Engagement Worker (F.E.W.) to provide a wide range of support, activities and opportunities to ensure housing progression and a brighter future for the whole family. The role would sit among our experienced and extremely passionate families team, who already successfully support 292 families across the county.
Life Ready King’s Lynn
Life Ready is our employability and life coaching programme, working with a number of young people on their employability prospects and supporting with them overcoming barriers to employability. While the project has been successfully launched in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth, we are now seeking funding for a full time life coach in King’s Lynn for a minimum of two years.
Employability is a major issue in King’s Lynn, with increased unemployment rates due to COVID-19 and we can see this will get much worse for low skilled individuals, hence the need for an employment focused project such as Life Ready. We aim to engage as many young people as possible, with our ultimate outcome focused around young people gaining self-confidence, qualifications and long-term, stable employment.