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Why raise funds for YMCA West London?

What difference would your fundraising make?

YMCA West London needs your help to raise funds to tackle youth homelessness and give vulnerable and disadvantaged 16-25 year-olds the chance of a better future.

For a young person who has left school with little or no qualifications and with no family support, chances of obtaining and keeping a job are minimal. And without the means to support themselves, a vulnerable young person may find themselves sleeping rough and susceptible to predatory criminal behaviour either as a victim or perpetrator. But ‘EMPLOYABILITY’ aims to change that.

Young people don’t need qualifications to join our project, and it’s completely free with bursaries available for travel and other expenses. They spend six weeks learning how to write a CV, undertaking mock interviews, learning new life skills such as basic first-aid and healthy eating, taking part in a community project to help others, plus receive individual mentoring from members of the sporting community, including Olympic athletes, some of whom have had the same experiences. Work internships, volunteering opportunities and qualifications in stewarding and sports leadership help round off the project and they are helped to find work or to go back into education or training as appropriate. And it doesn’t end there, as our youth workers track them over the next few months with follow-up sessions and support for up to a year to ensure they make good progress.

Alan’s story

We know it works as our new apprentice youth worker Alan is one of our success stories!

Alan – aged 25 – came to stay at one of our YMCA supported housing projects a few years ago. Keen to do something with his life he joined one of our ‘employability’ projects called Get On Track, and discovered a talent for teaching others his skill – football! After taking part in our course, he went on to a ‘coaching’ qualification and began working as a children’s football coach. He also started volunteering in our youth department – getting alongside our younger visitors in our youth café and helping with our own football project for ages 16 and upwards. Alan has now decided he would like to help others like himself and is now an Apprentice Youth Worker based at @fusion – our centre for work with youth from the local community in Hayes.

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E: communications@ymcawestlondon.org

T: 020 8832 1572.