“I WOULD love to come back one day and help out,” – those were the words of Emma, a young person who previously resided at our Peaks Lane Housing Project.
Emma has recently moved into her own independent living in Grimsby but she readily admits she wouldn’t be in the place she is today without the help of staff at YMCA Humber.
“I can’t thank them enough,” she stated
“It’s not just one or two people but the whole team, they were all absolutely fantastic with me.”
Emma moved into the project in 2012 after a turbulent few months in her personal life that had had a negative impact on her health and well-being.
But, on arrival at the project, she told keyworkers that she was determined not to ‘enter her old cycle of life’ and set about looking for training courses and volunteering opportunities.
And she soon settled into life at the project. One of her first achievements was developing her cooking skills from the basics and also sitting on an interview panel for the Customer Service Officer vacancies.
She also began volunteering at Foresight in Grimsby, as well as impressing with volunteering in the kitchen at Peaks Lane – particularly in ensuring that her peers were happy with their meals.
One thing staff praised Emma for during her time with YMCA Humber was the immaculate condition of her room, so it came as no surprise when she obtained a work placement with Tukes to assist in the cleaning and maintenance of their projects.
Emma also prided herself on her budgeting during her time with YMCA and she was able to use savings and a Community Support Grant to help furnish her new accommodation.
She said: “Budgeting is one of the things that is important and sometimes hard for staff to get across to young people.
“It is easy to be generous with your money, sometimes even more so when you don’t have a lot of it.
“That is one of the things I hope to come back and help with because I have been there and know what it is like.”
In closing, Emma looked back on her two years at YMCA Humber with fondness, picking out two events as real highlights.
“I think the carnival last year and the two pancake races I won were really fun and show a different side to the work of YMCA.
“It was brilliant when we all dressed up on the float as the Village People and there were so many people waving and cheering us on!”