This last year has seen an exceptional year of growth, we have:
– More than doubled our contacts to 1400+ every month through participation in 21 youth clubs and drop-ins across Norfolk; activities range from homework support to 1-1 Anti-Bullying advice. We’re praised for our inclusive, caring approach; with a strong commitment to growing confidence in our young people and reducing social anxieties.
– Grown our fully-accredited Mind Matters mental health service to include local businesses; offering tailored training, such as Adult, Workplace and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Attendees have praised the “engaging, informative and well-structured” courses, and since our launch in 2016, we have trained over 200 key adults in Mental Health First Aid across Norfolk.
– Launched Rapid Response, the County Council contracted emergency service for Norfolk families in crisis, particularly where children maybe on the edge of coming into the care system. Since May 2018, 74 families across the county have been supported by the team; totalling 1034 hours of family support throughout the year. Among the team’s 74 cases, an outstanding 85% of families were either offered further support, made significant improvement, or were reunified with their family.
– We secured funding towards the purchase of a new community house to deliver ‘New Horizons’, which replicates a family home for nine 16-17-year-old care leavers. With 24/7 staffing 365 days a year, residents eat meals together, share chores and work together to gain independence.
Our fundraising team has launched a brand-new schools and corporate partnerships initiative; providing a comprehensive fundraising pack through a year-round Sleep Easy campaign and tiered corporate sponsorships package.
YMCA Norfolk is proud of its expansion of staff, support, and services; we strongly believe the charity will continue to have an inspiring, empowering impact on the Norfolk community over the coming year.