Caring Worcester shoppers hand over goods to homeless

Worcester News: CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Charlie Farrell of the YMCA and former hostel resident Kirsty Sewell. CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Charlie Farrell of the YMCA and former hostel resident Kirsty Sewell.

GENEROUS shoppers have been donating food to feed the homeless in Worcester.

The Tesco Express store in Martley Road, Henwick Park, Worcester, encouraged customers to buy extra items and has now donated the haul to Worcester YMCA.

The Henwick Road centre provides shelter to those in need and the gift is particularly timely, with uncertainty over its financial future due to looming council cuts.

The YMCA has already put some of the donation to good use by sending resident Kirsty Sewell, who is moving into her own accommodation, on her way well stocked with a starter pack of groceries and other essentials.

“That is something that we are not normally able to do due to lack of resources,” said community development manager Sarah Harris.

“The remaining goods from the donation will be used to support our residents living here at the YMCA.

“We are very grateful to Tesco customers and the store for picking us as their worthy cause.”

As your Worcester News has reported, a petition fighting for the future of the 85-bed YMCA has been launched in response to Worcestershire County Council proposals to cut its £1.8 million annual spend on supported accommodation and housing-related support by 50 per cent.

The YMCA receives about £800,000 from the council and it is not yet known how heavily this will be cut.

While closure is not on the cards, YMCA bosses have warned the current service offered could become unsustainable if cuts are severe.

They say they have been buoyed by support, positive comments and generous donations from the public of Worcester since news of the potential funding cuts was announced.

 

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3:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hwicce says...

If the YMCA are getting £800,000 for 85 beds per year

that's £9400 per bed per year

or £783 per bed per month.

What sort of flat could you rent in Worcester for £783 per month?

Either the figures aren't right or it would be much better value to rent them all a flat. At £600 a month you could house 110 people instead of 85.
If the YMCA are getting £800,000 for 85 beds per year that's £9400 per bed per year or £783 per bed per month. What sort of flat could you rent in Worcester for £783 per month? Either the figures aren't right or it would be much better value to rent them all a flat. At £600 a month you could house 110 people instead of 85. Hwicce

4:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Hwicce wrote:
If the YMCA are getting £800,000 for 85 beds per year

that's £9400 per bed per year

or £783 per bed per month.

What sort of flat could you rent in Worcester for £783 per month?

Either the figures aren't right or it would be much better value to rent them all a flat. At £600 a month you could house 110 people instead of 85.
YMCA provides more than a flat.
Their aim is to support vulnerable people who would otherwise get into all sorts of trouble and support them in a move into permanent accommodation.
For more information have a look at their website.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: If the YMCA are getting £800,000 for 85 beds per year that's £9400 per bed per year or £783 per bed per month. What sort of flat could you rent in Worcester for £783 per month? Either the figures aren't right or it would be much better value to rent them all a flat. At £600 a month you could house 110 people instead of 85.[/p][/quote]YMCA provides more than a flat. Their aim is to support vulnerable people who would otherwise get into all sorts of trouble and support them in a move into permanent accommodation. For more information have a look at their website. New Kid on the Block

1:58pm Sun 5 Jan 14

utherpd says...

£738 per bed per month - just a room, unless in moving on flat.
Thats,gas, water,electric not just a bed.
Its the cost to provide round the clock support
Its cost of providing enrichment activities
Its cost of having there bedding washed (onsite facilities for personal laundry)
Its the cost of TWO hot meals a day
Its the cost upkeep on the building providing awesome facilities.
The work they do is all encompassing and they need the funds to continue the work they do so Hwicce, why dont you go volunteer there for a few weeks then you will see where the money goes!
£738 per bed per month - just a room, unless in moving on flat. Thats,gas, water,electric not just a bed. Its the cost to provide round the clock support Its cost of providing enrichment activities Its cost of having there bedding washed (onsite facilities for personal laundry) Its the cost of TWO hot meals a day Its the cost upkeep on the building providing awesome facilities. The work they do is all encompassing and they need the funds to continue the work they do so Hwicce, why dont you go volunteer there for a few weeks then you will see where the money goes! utherpd

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