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Charlie, 7, Donates to Sleep Easy

A donation from Charlie Monks, aged 7, brings this year’s Sleep Easy total to almost £3,000.

Sleep Easy is our winter fundraising event and encourages local people to spend a night ‘sleeping rough’ and raising sponsorship to support our work with vulnerable young people.

Charlie made his generous donation as he heard his mum making plans for her contribution to the event by running an all night cafe to support the fundraisers.

Charlie’s donation, along with the contributions from friends and family of all our Sleep Easy volunteers, will go directly to support the YMCA’s work with vulnerable young people in Doncaster.

Olivia Burton, a staff member at the YMCA and also Charlie’s Aunty, told us “Charlie’s always been a lovely kind boy. I’m really proud that he’s spared some of his pocket money to help young people in difficulty.  It just goes to show that we all have something to give.”

Sleep Easy is the YMCA’s fundraising sleep out event. For details of the latest event, please click here.

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Brrrrrr-iliant Night at Sleep Easy 2012!

On Saturday local members of the community braved freezing weather conditions and gave up their luxuries to raise vital funds for the work that we do with young vulnerable adults.

It was a fantastic night for all involved. Civic Mayor, Eva Hughes, opened the event this year and introduced the popular shelter building competition. Military Fitness warmed up participants by leading military style exercises. Craig led a Keyworker themed treasure hunt and a burn bin provided a focal point for all  the sleepers.

We’d like to acknowledge achievements at a celebratory event and distribute some quirky awards. Join us for our Sleep Easy Evaluation evening at the YMCA on Monday 6th February 2012, 6.30pm.

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Belong, Contribute and Thrive – In Our Own Words

Doncaster YMCA’s Vision is to create places and programmes where all young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

For their final project, young volunteers asked people from across Doncaster YMCA to talk about what those words mean to them. The three short films created as a result are now viewable here on this page

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Private Rented Sector Grant

We’re celebrating the award of a grant of £40,000 from Crisis to enable us to work more closely with Doncaster’s landlords and help young homeless people to find and sustain good quality accommodation from private landlords.

The grant is part of Crisis funding awards of £2 million for 29 new projects helping single homeless people to find new homes and lasting independence.

Our project will target young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who struggle to find accommodation, including those living in hostels and temporary accommodation. Workers will assist the participants to overcome financial barriers to renting and match them with landlords. The ultimate aim is long-lasting independence for young people in homes they can call their own.

Those taking part will receive support with developing independent living skills, and will have access to help with the costs of taking on a new tenancy. We’re now recruiting a specialist worker to take the programme forward, and we expect to have things up and running by April.

Our Chief Executive, Louise Roffey, commented “This is a great boost for the YMCA’s work with young homeless people. The programme will enable us to help more young people with overcoming the barriers they encounter when moving into their own place. We’ll be able to use the funds to provide real, practical help where it’s most needed.”

You’ll find more info about the project in the “Accommodation” section above.

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