Helping young people build a future of their choosing
LONDON YMCA'S MANIFESTO
Young people from City YMCA London are calling on the next Mayor of London to combat low wages, rising levels of rough sleepers and a lack of housing caused by wasted brownfield land in the first ever YMCA in London Manifesto.
Major recommendations from the YMCA in London Manifesto include:
* Utilise previously occupied business spaces and redevelop them into suitable low-cost accommodation
* Invest in the development of alternative models of accommodation and provide opportunities for land to be used to deploy such models
* Pay the London Living Wage to all young people aged under 25-years-old who work within GLA services or on GLA-funded contracts
* Invest in alternative models of supporting young people who are homeless, such as supported lodgings and Housing First
* Provide mental health training to Met Police Officers in order to help them to identify and treat people in an appropriate way, who they suspect to have mental health conditions.
NEW HACKNEY HOSTEL OPENS
A redundant Care Home has been given a new lease of life as Hackney's first hostel for homeless young people. Monarch Court is possibly the first new hostel to open in London for years. With the numbers of young people being made homless in London doubling over the last two years, the 87 beds will help nearly 2,000 young homeless people get their lives back on track over the next 15 years.
City YMCA London would like to thank the Greater London Authority, City Bridge Trust and the South Hackney Parochial Foundation for their partnership in this success.
BUILDING A NEW HOME FOR HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE
City YMCA London's plans to establish a new 146 bed hostel for London's homeless young people on the edge of the city continue to advance. With almost everything in place to allow works to commence we still need to raise around £3m to allow the charities Trustee's to sign a works contract.
THE FULL EMPLOYMENT AND WELFARE BILL
City YMCA London's Chief Executive, Gillian Bowen comments on the direction that the new government appear to be taking in respect to the Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bills. MORE
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