YMCA Mendip is a fully autonomous, independent local charity working for the people of Mendip with a main focus on young people and specialising in housing and homelessness issues, youth & community work and providing information, advice and guidance services for young people.
We have been operating our Routes Drop-In Centre in Frome for over ten years, from which we provide a wide range of services for all local young people aged 11-25years. In order to break down barriers for young people in accessing support, Routes delivers its services within a safe, warm and welcoming cafe environment.
Our experienced and friendly staff offer Matrix-accredited information, advice, guidance and advocacy support to some of the town's most vulnerable young people. Young people today face numerous issues including mental and physical health problems, debt or insufficient income, inadequate housing, becoming young parents. Many of these issues are compounded by limited access to transport in our rural area, and a general lack of opportunities. Some of these young people are at risk of negative behaviours including drug and alcohol abuse, which can lead to a downward spiral into homelessness and increased anti-social behaviours.
Over the past five years, we have supported over 2000 young people and our aim is to:
- Make young people aware of their options and guide them to make positive life choices
- Increase their ability to improve their circumstances, leading to a more fulfilled, purposeful life
- Increase young people's chances of securing employment, training education or volunteer placements
- Enhance young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Reduce the risk of homelessness, anti-social and/or criminal behaviour
- Give young people the space and opportunity to work on deep rooted issues and behavioural difficulties.
We are reaching out to the local community in and around Frome to help us secure £10,000 in funding towards the cost of a youth worker (with the help of Frome Town Council's crowdfunder match-funding scheme). We have raised a fantastic £50,000 in donations and pledges to our general appeal, but need your support to reach our target of £65,000 to fund the project for a full year.
Many thanks for your support.