Ykids, Bootle, Merseyside
Bootle is one of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, with poverty rising by 17% in the last five years. There are high rates of poor mental health, substance abuse, and gang membership.
Ykids is a well-established charity providing much-needed support in the area; delivering weekly youth and children’s groups, family support, a community pantry, and mentoring sessions.
To engage with more young people in the area, a multi-year grant of £54,000 will help Ykids to employ an Intern and Volunteer Programme Coordinator to increase its capacity and develop new youth activities.
Orchards UK, London
Orchards works with women to help them break free from sexual exploitation. Through the charity’s partnership work with local churches, Orchards provides support, advice, information, and choices for vulnerable women trying to build a new life.
The need for specialist safe housing and trauma counselling far exceeds what the charity can currently deliver. The pandemic and subsequent cost of living crisis have exacerbated the risks of exploitation for women.
A multi-year grant of £31,300 will help Orchards to expand its work in two new locations, reaching more vulnerable women with the help they need to flourish.
YMCA North Tyneside
YMCA North Tyneside operates across the North East, committed to working with local communities to help build safe, inclusive communities, where all can belong.
With the support of a £43,200 multi-year grant, YMCA North Tyneside will expand the team to develop a programme of services that tackle major community issues. This will include tackling poverty, poor mental health and wellbeing, isolation, and issues that affect minority groups such as refugees and the LGBTQ+ community.
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