14 September 2020

Joel writes about how the money we receive through donations are able to help those most in need. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.

If you are reading this post on our website, you should see a little red button with the word ‘donate’ on it. Do you see it? Tempting, isn’t it…

Have you ever donated money to a charity and… that’s it? You come away from the experience not really knowing what’s going to happen with your donation; money that you have given to a cause you care so deeply about. Here at YMCA Doncaster, we want to be as transparent as possible and inform you of the essential support that your donations allow us to provide.

What people may not be aware of is that – in addition to our charity shop and Community Centre (which are usually open to the public; thanks, Coronavirus) – we have our own Supported Accommodation building. This is where we are able to house up to thirty young people that are in need of support and give them a place that they can call home. They will each come from a completely different background and often lack the support network that most of us take for granted during the most formative years of our lives. It is here that we help to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for moving on to independent living.

When a young person moves in with us, it may be their first time living alone. This can be a daunting experience for them and it is our responsibility to make this transition as smooth as possible for them. We teach them the fundamental skills needed for independent living: such as money management, basic cooking and cleaning skills, and simple house maintenance. Some residents may require a lot of guidance in this area, whereas others may only need a gentle nudge in the right direction.

During their stay with us – which may range from a few months up to two years – every single one of our thirty residents receive weekly one-to-one keywork sessions. These are done with our team of trained Keyworkers and help our residents to understand what it means to support themselves independently. We want everybody to live a healthy and fulfilling life and to positively contribute to the wider community. We address any obstacles they may be facing on their journey to this goal and help them to overcome it. This may include us providing the support ourselves or pointing them in the direction of the appropriate services.

However, having a team of skilled Keyworkers obviously comes at a cost. This is where your donations come into play. The money that you donate helps to pay for the services that they provide; allowing vulnerable young people in our local area to get the support that they most desperately need. Otherwise, they would often be forced to stay in toxic – sometimes abusive – environments.

We have been helping the young people of Doncaster for over 160 years now and we want to continue helping future generations of young people for years to come. Without your donations and support, this would not be possible.

If you want to help be responsible for getting a young person’s life back on track, then be sure to click here to donate on our JustGiving page.

No donation is too little and we can’t thank you enough for your support.