YMCA Derbyshire achieve Level 2 of Quality For Health
Earlier this month, we were pleased to award another organisation with their Quality For Health award and certificate. YMCA Derbyshire is one of the oldest YMCA’s in the world having been established in 1847.
As our most recent award holder, the Quality for Health award links directly to YMCA Derbyshire’s key work of supporting young homeless people within the 17 to 30 age range. The organisation has an 87 bed Campus hostel and a further 65 units of community based ‘move on’ shared accommodation.
As a Foyer*, YMCA Derbyshire’s aim is to provide a safe and enriching environment where individual, vulnerable young people can be supported to reach their potential by:
- Developing their self confidence
- Improving their health and wellbeing
- Opening them up to new positive experiences
- Sign posting then to appropriate specialist support agencies
- Developing their independent living skills
- Offering a range of volunteering and work experience opportunities
- Enabling them to play a positive role within the local community
Kate Gillespie, Head of Accommodation and Support Services at YMCA Derbyshire said:
‘The Quality For Health award endorses the work that we do to improve the health and wellbeing of young people experiencing homelessness. The framework allowed us to better evidence what we do and to reflect and learn from our practice. We are now better placed to work directly with health services.’
Tamsin Woodhead, Quality For Health Coordinator at VAC – Improving Local Lives said:
‘A massive congratulations to YMCA Derbyshire for completing Quality For Health and gaining the highest level of the award. It is so fantastic to see the Quality For Health award being achieved by more and more organisations across the U.K.’
More information about YMCA Derbyshire can be found on their website https://ymcaderbyshire.org.uk/
*A Foyer provides a safe place for young people to live, learn and make the transition to independent adulthood.
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