Exeter based civil engineering firm, Awcock Ward Partnership (AWP), has pledged support for the city’s young and homeless population by entering employees into this year's Great West Run on behalf of YMCA Exeter.
The local Christian organisation, YMCA, is committed to addressing the needs of young homeless people across Exeter and relies of charitable funds to continue its work.
Local people helped to raise over £30,000 for YMCA Exeter at a local fundraising on Saturday 10th March that saw them sleep out for the night in Barnfield Crescent.
More than 40 people took part in the annual Sleep Easy event, helping to raise money but also awareness of the work of the local youth charity. Participants paid an entry fee of £10 and were sleeping on DIY cardboard beds.
It was all part of a national YMCA Sleep Easy Week that saw YMCAs across the country come together over seven days to promote their work with young people.
Amongst those ‘sleeping rough’ in Exeter to raise money for young homeless people in the city on Saturday night was none other than young entrepreneur Chris Rundle of city-based GK Signs.
Aged 23 and the recent winner of the Western Morning News Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Chris wanted to do his bit for young people not as fortunate as he is. He set a modest target of £500 but more than smashed that with his fund currently running at nearly £1,400 which will benefit the YMCA, Exeter.
Newton Abbot based construction company, Randall Simmonds, have pledged a monthly donation to YMCA Exeter in support of their expanding service provision in the county.
YMCA Exeter provide services in Supported Accommodation, Employment and Health & Wellbeing, for young people who are experiencing homelessness. The local charity, which was founded in 1846, is one of the oldest YMCAs in the world and supports over 1000 young people every year across Exeter, East, Mid and North Devon.
YMCA Exeter’s 8th annual Santa Abseil from Princesshay car park returns once again on Saturday 9th December.
Dressed in Santa suits, local people of Exeter, from amateurs to abseiling veterans, will be challenged to take on the 100ft abseil down Princesshay car park to raise funds and awareness for youth homelessness over the festive season.
YMCA Exeter Job Club staff and their trained volunteers are teaming together with professionals from agencies and employers, on Wednesday 11th October at Belmont Chapel, for their Big Job Club – a day which helps to connect job seekers with employers and help with everything from CV writing to job applications.
YMCA Exeter has been offering job clubs in the community for the last eight years, but with their Big Lottery Funding coming to a close at the end of the year, the charity wants to encourage more people to make use of their all-age service while it is still available.
Leading West Country Independent Estate Agency, Wilkinson Grant & Co, will be supporting YMCA Exeter in several large fundraising initiatives throughout 2017.
This will include the annual Sleep Easy event at Exeter Castle on Saturday 4th March, the extension of an existing campaign to make special donations to the charity and through additional funding support of the charities ‘Changing Rooms, Changing Lives’ campaign.