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YMCA Open Door Project

Submitted by Jonathan Crust, Host Coordinator – Open Door Project

It’s a really daunting experience for any 16 or 17 year old who has experienced family breakdown and is potentially at risk of homelessness. Especially during this Christmas, whilst we are still in the midst of a pandemic, we are asking that you take a moment to consider the needs of young people in a crisis situation.


YMCA Open Door believes that all young people deserve a safe place and a homely environment in which they can thrive.


There are over 80 host families across the Black Country, who have received training from the YMCA and provide a warm and welcoming environment for young people. During the 11 years that the scheme has been in operation, we have helped hundreds of people to achieve independence, employment or progression to university.


In this challenging time, we are appealing to the goodwill of people to consider providing a safe place for a vulnerable young person.


Hosts receive over £100pw for providing Supported Lodgings (a longer-term arrangement which can last up to two years) or short-term Emergency Nightstop which usually lasts only a few days or at the most a few weeks.


Please get in touch with us if you can help and find out about our next online training session. You can speak to Jonathan, our Host Coordinator (0121 524 3255) to find out more or e-mail opendoor@ymcabc.org.uk