Project will make a ‘profound difference’ in tackling young people's fuel poverty and isolation - The Evesham Observer

Project will make a ‘profound difference’ in tackling young people's fuel poverty and isolation

Evesham Editorial 21st Jul, 2023   0

YMCA, a national charity committed to supporting young people in their time of need, has announced a ground-breaking new partnership with Cadent.

Cadent is investing £300,000 to both fund the new ‘Safe and Well Communities’ project and provide experts to train the YMCA team.

As part of its commitment to tackling fuel poverty and supporting the most vulnerable in the West Midlands, the gas networks ‘Safe and Well Communities Project’ aims to enhance YMCA’s existing support for young people and families.

It will see Cadent training YMCA Housing Workers that support young people at YMCA Black Country Group, YMCA Heart of England and YMCA Wellington and District and YMCA Worcestershire; to provide practical advice on energy efficiency, financial management, and safety during the transition from YMCA-supported housing to independent living.

Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England & Wales, said, “We are incredibly excited about this partnership with Cadent. By combining our expertise and resources, we have a unique opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of those affected by the insecurity of relentlessly rising prices.

“Young people are facing a significantly challenging financial landscape as they struggle through the cost-of-living crisis.

“With outgoings outpacing income, many are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve financial stability and plan for their future.

“Together with Cadent, we can empower individuals and build stronger, healthier communities.”

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