“Important And Impressive”

YMCA Crewe’s work to take people on a long-term pathway out of homelessness has been backed with a three-year grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The hostel which offers accommodation for homeless people is designed not just to offer shelter for rough sleepers but to “offer opportunities for people to have long-term success in their lives”.

That involves offering other support services, including training, and a grant of £90,000 which help towards that project including the appointment of an Employability Worker.

Vincent Fairclough, trustee of the Steve Morgan Foundation, who had previously visited the charity with fellow trustee Ashley Lewis, officially presented the cheque to YMCA Crewe’s CEO Mark Hills and Development Manager Richard Holmes, with the Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Barry Burkhill also in attendance.

“The work of YMCA Crewe is very important and impressive,” said Vincent.

“They offer support services to homeless people to enable them to rehabilitate to normal life and live independently.

“YMCA Crewe offers the GLO (Growth, Life, Opportunity) Academy which offers over 30 courses and sessions covering three different life areas – independent living, health and wellbeing and training and employment.

“The Employability Coach will run the training and development part of the GLO Academy.”

At YMCA Crewe, local services are directed at the most marginalised groups experiencing homelessness, and on children and families from the most disadvantaged estates across Crewe.

As well as the training opportunities and aim of helping people into employment, YMCA Crewe offers a range of other services including youth work, holiday clubs, parenting groups, a social group for care leavers, rough sleeper outreach and floating support to 70 vulnerable families.

Mark, CEO of YMCA Crewe, added:  “It was a pleasure to welcome both the Mayor and the Mr Fairclough.

“YMCA Crewe  remain committed to providing people in need with far more than just a roof over their heads, but offering opportunities for long term success in their lives.  

“We are grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation for enabling us to do this.”

YMCA Crewe was set up in 1984, and the building they occupy as converted and extended 11 years ago with the help of a grant of £7.7million from Places of Change funding.

The average stay for a resident before moving onto independent living is seven months.

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