YMCA Humber wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support

September 8, 2015

YMCA HUMBER has received £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our exciting YMCA – A Rich History project. Led by young people the project will commence on 1st October 2015 focusing on researching and sharing the history of YMCA Humber locally, especially the periods of the two World Wars.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will support young people living at YMCA Humber and local volunteers to carry out an important oral history project, capturing the reminiscences of people with experiences and memories of YMCA Humber culminating in them sharing their findings by contributing to a book, short film, a website, social and local media including TV and radio.

As well as the vitally important oral history element of the project capturing the reminiscences of people, especially the older members of the local community with experiences of YMCA Humber; the project will see young people paying research visits to our main heritage partner, Birmingham University’s Cadbury Research Library, which is home to the national archives of the YMCA as well as further research visits to local archives in Grimsby and Lincoln

The YMCA has been supporting young people in the Grimsby area since 1906 and played a major role supporting the war effort during both World Wars. Although some early research has further revealed that there is some evidence of a Grimsby resident being involved with the organisation in 1866.  The funding has given our clients, staff and volunteers the resources to produce some interesting and entertaining materials that will be of interest to the local community, and local and national historians, not just those connected with the YMCA.

Commenting on the award Alan Burley, YMCA Humber’s Volunteer and Funding Coordinator said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will offer a wide range of exciting learning and training opportunities to the young people involved.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, Fiona Spiers, added: “Heritage is not all castles, museums and old buildings. Memories, stories and reminiscences are a very popular way of learning about the past and sharing this with future generations. The YMCA has played an important part in the UK’s history and young people from the Humber area will be able to investigate the role the organisation has played in their local community and share these stories with others.”