With the festive season now over we’re looking ahead at what the next year will bring. Last year; we helped 3,295 young people and children onto the path to fulfilling their true potential, 341 young people received crisis and 1-2-1 support such as overcoming abuse, accessing hardship grants or finding accommodation and 70% of young people that accessed our Job Club and employability support secured a job or apprentice ship.
This year, we expect the number of young people accessing our services to increase
Government spending on youth services is at an all time low, down 69% from 2011 – as , and this trend is likely to continue. Young people’s charities are left to fill this gap and provide support to young people, which is a struggle at times as organisations such as YMCA Newcastle rely on charitable funding.
We believe that every young person should be able to fulfil their true potential – if you too believe this we’d love to have your support in 2020.
At our 170th anniversary in October 2019 we asked delegates 'How do you see the future for Newcastle's young people?', this is how they answered:
Difficult, bleak and challenging. Lacking in prospects and education.
Lack in vital support with the loss of organisations like YMCA.
We also asked the delegates 'How would you like to see the future for Newcastle's young people' and this is how they answered:
To be able to live in a world of opportunity and equality with fewer barriers than we encounter today.
A psychologically safe one where everyone can liver their best lives!