Ryedale YMCA is an independent charity established in 1996 offering quality single-person accommodation to young people in need of support.
They house young people from all over Ryedale for anywhere up to two years and focus on providing a safe, secure and supportive environment.
Every person who comes through their doors has access to staff who can help with a range of needs. And by working closely with partner agencies, Ryedale YMCA is able to provide further specialist support wherever needed.
They aim to help young people build the necessary skills to move from dependence to being independent and capable of sustaining their own tenancy.
Everyone is treated as an individual, with support plans tailored to each and every person, focusing on and identifying what they would like to work on. This can be anything from looking after their rooms and cooking to budgeting, managing utilities, seeking employment, exploring further education opportunities, health and fitness, and any other everyday life skills many of us take for granted.
Ryedale YMCA are a small team who work closely together to make sure young people receive a professional, consistent and committed approach from all the staff no matter what their roles are.
Chief Officer, Karlie McGinty, says “I have great pride in Ryedale YMCA and have worked here for 15 years. The housing manager, Kevin Cooke, has worked here for 18 years. Between us, we manage four other incredibly brilliant part-time staff who truly believe in each young person who lives here.”
What’s more, through all their hard work and dedication, Ryedale YMCA was recently awarded ‘Charity of the Year’ at the Pride of Malton and Norton Awards.
But like most charities, they work to a tight budget and are constantly seeking donations as well as looking at potential funding streams.
They strive to keep the accommodation fresh and modern, and currently need funds to improve the bathrooms for the bedsits. They are also looking to replace and upgrade the communal kitchen area with the aim of doing more with food preparation to assist with budgeting and healthy eating initiatives.
To know more about the work Ryedale YMCA do, or to help, get in touch by telephone on 01653 691400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org