YMCA Milton Keynes
YMCA MK takes young adults who have experienced homelessness and unemployment and works with them until they have a healthy sense of wellbeing, are in suitable accommodation and employment, and have developed the skills to sustain both.
Since 2017, Milton Keynes has been experiencing a crisis in youth homelessness with numbers reaching a record high. One in 117 people find themselves homeless in our city with over a third of these being under 25.
As a rapidly growing city, with a high proportion of young people, the challenge of finding affordable housing is immense. The average age of a first-time buyer in Milton Keynes is 37, with the average house costing 10 times the average salary. Private rent prices are rising 26% faster than the average household income.
Living in unstable or unsafe accommodation or, in worst cases, on the streets, is a reality for many of our residents. In a recent survey, over 50% of our residents had experienced family breakdown, many have been victims of abuse or violence, have been in the care system or experienced extreme poverty.
We moved into our brand-new building in March 2020 and the new building is now home to 226 young people. The 3-stage accommodation pathway offered by YMCA Milton Keynes is designed to support residents out of homelessness and into meaningful and sustainable employment. Residents have access to a Personal Development Coach and a range of activities to support them.
There are lots of ways you can support the next generation of Milton Keynes, by donating during the checkout process on your race entry to the Festival of Running or choose to get sponsored for your running challenge. You can find YMCA MK on Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving and Local Giving. You’ll receive your own fundraising expert to answer your questions and support your training plus lots more!
To join team YMCA MK call the fundraising team on 01908 295 600 or email Nia at firstname.lastname@example.org and help change the life of a young person.
For more information please visit: https://mkymca.com/.