How much does it cost to become a Roomsponsor?
You can become a Roomsponsor for just £12 a month. That's less than 40p a day - less than a packet of crisps, a first class stamp or a packet of chewing gum.
What will I receive as a Roomsponsor?
When you become a Roomsponsor, you'll instantly get access to your very own website where you can read updates from the young people staying in Roomsponsored rooms and you'll find out more about how the programme works via updates from Keyworkers too.
But keep your eye on the post too, because you'll also receive a special welcome pack introducing you to some of the vulnerable young people you're helping.
Can I sponsor more than one room / give more than £12 a month?
We are very happy for you to sponsor more than one room/give more than £12 a month, however to keep administrative costs to a minimum you will receive the same amount of feedback, don't worry though, we will provide updates on more than one young person so you can see how your support is helping. You can also sponsor a room as a gift for someone else - www.ymca.org.uk/giftsforgood
Will I be the only person sponsoring the room?
No – in most cases a number of people will sponsor one room
Can I write to the young person in my sponsored room?
There is no obligation or expectation that you will write to the young person in your sponsored room – but many Roomsponsors do and you are more than welcome to do so. Letters or cards should be sent via YMCA England. Many of the young people are very vulnerable and their well-being is of the utmost importance so we can't allow direct contact. Your letters, however, will not be directly answered by the young person. We would ask you not to write to or call individual YMCAs. Be assured however that all updates are true, but we will protect young people's identity.
How often will I receive feedback from the young person in my sponsored room?
On your website, you'll get regular feedback on how you're helping young people build a brighter future, and of course they'll be eager to share their progress with you - like exam results, getting a job, or even just feeling safe for the very first time.
Can I visit the young person in my sponsored room?
To protect the safety and privacy of the young person in your sponsored room, it is not possible to visit them. However, it may be possible to arrange for you to visit your local YMCA.
Can I choose YMCA where I sponsor a room? Or the age or gender of the young person living there?
We allocate Roomsponsors to YMCAs according to need. The same applies to allocating rooms to young people.
How long will a young person stay in my sponsored room?
For as long as they need to. Every young person is an individual with individual needs. Some will stay for a few days while a problem at home is resolved. In certain cases, young people will stay for up to two years. We hope you'll want to stick with the young people you're helping, giving them your support for as long as you can.
How does my sponsorship money help vulnerable young people?
Part of your money will help fund the extra services that your YMCA provides for the young people in its care. This varies according to individual needs, but can include counselling services, practical help such as bedding and kitchen equipment or course fees and course materials. The remainder will be used to support new initiatives through the country.
Why should I choose to be a Roomsponsor with YMCA England?
You can trust our experience, because YMCA's have been helping young people in need for 166 years. In fact, we provide 9,831 beds every single night.
That means we're experts in providing young homeless people with the safety and shelter they need to find their feet, as well as the counselling and vocational training that will help them to build a better life. We enable young people to truly belong, contribute and thrive in their communities. But we can't do it without you.
For more information about YMCA and the work we do, please visit the YMCA England website.
What does YMCA do?
YMCA is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world. Across 135 YMCAs in England, we offer accommodation and support that enables a young person to live independently, grow, achieve and contribute to their community.
What happens if I cannot continue as a sponsor?
If your circumstances change and you are no longer in a position to be a Roomsponsor, please call our Supporter Care Team on 0800 008 6819, as there are other ways you can help that don't require the same level of commitment.
I am an existing YMCA Roomsponsor, how do I get access to my personal website?
If you are an existing YMCA Roomsponsor you would have received an invitation through the post or if we had your email address, via email. This invitation details how you can activate your account, providing you access to regular news and information on how your support is transforming the lives of young people. Click here to begin activation of your Roomsponsor account.
I have a question that has not been covered here, how can I get in touch?
We're always happy to hear from you so please do feel free call our Supporter Care Team on 0800 008 6819.