YMCA HUMBER is appealing for help from the public in order to win a £10,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund to enable the charity to continue youth work in Immingham.
Earlier this year, YMCA received funding from Awards for All that saw them start the Developing in Life project in the North East Lincolnshire town.
Focussing on detached youth work, the project has engaged over 350 young people, particularly those making the difficult transition from primary to secondary school. And now the youth charity is hoping to secure more funds to enable the project to develop further, including more activities and a specialised Transition Programme.
Andy Tappin, Youth and Community Services Manager for YMCA Humber spoke further about the project.
He said: “Developing in Life provides the opportunity for YMCA and local schools to provide support for parents and young people through alternative activities and outreach sessions during their move-up to secondary school.
“It can be a difficult time for young people and they need all the support they can get to give them the confidence to make that step-up.
“The methods we have used so far are the clear way to engage with young people and we want to be able to carry on building partnerships throughout the town.”
The detached youth work sessions in the town have seen YMCA youth workers meet with young people in areas where they choose to collectively meet up. And through these sessions young people have identified three main issues that they would like YMCA to help with. They are:
• The lack of alternative youth activities in the town
• The lack of a centre to meet in the evenings
• The difficulties faced by young people transferring from junior school to the local academy
Mr Tappin continued: “We have managed to secure the use of the Academy’s sixth form common room in which to develop further activities, which will be delivered in line with the needs identified by young people, instead of adults believing they know what is best.
“We hope that the Transition Programme will enable us to support young people in the move to secondary education by integrating them gradually into the ethos and culture of a larger school in the year prior to them making the step-up.
“Any extra funding we secure will be used to fund sessional support hours within youth meetings and to provide alternative and enjoyable activities in line with the outlined needs.”
Voting is open until Saturday 30th May and people can support YMCA Humber simply by registering on the Aviva Community Fund website – each individual can cast ten votes for the project of their choice.
For more information on YMCA’s Aviva Community Fund bid, please call Alan Burley on (01472) 693388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.