When a young person becomes homeless they are often profoundly lonely, isolated and vulnerable. Without support they can easily become trapped in a life of poverty, exclusion, or worse. By becoming a Roomsponsor you can help them to turn their life around.
Young people who are homeless or in unsuitable accommodation are among the most vulnerable groups in our society. The knock-on effect of not having a home can be devastating. Not only do homeless young people often have problems staying in education, training or employment but they also face difficulties including low self-esteem, poor health, and, in some cases, they develop mental health problems.
As the largest provider of safe, supported accommodation for young people in England, YMCA gives a safe place to stay to nearly 10,000 people every night.
This is where your participation within the Roomsponsor programme is particularly pivotal. Young people are given a second chance in life and reminded that there are people out there, like you, who care.
"I believe that we shouldn't wait downstream to pull people out of the river, we must go upstream to make sure they don't fall in. That's why I think Roomsponsor is such a wonderful idea.
It helps give young people who are at risk the safety and support they need, before it's too late. Roomsponsor gives friends, like you, the chance to do something profoundly positive; to stand by the side of a young person, to tell them you believe in them and give them the essential helping hand that can transform their lives."
The Most Revd and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, President of YMCA England