Here are some ways to generate funds for local homeless young people:
The best place to start is with an on-line personal fundraising page. We recommend Just Giving as it enables you to set up your own TEXT to DONATE number. The Y is also registered on BT Donate and Charity Choice. All of these sites will automatically claim gift aid on our behalf and send the money directly to us, but please contact us if you would like to set up with a different provider as there may be additional costs.
To set up your fundraising page visit:
Alternatively use https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/they
Tips for a good page:
- Always set your fundraising target – people like to see how well you are doing against your goal
- It really helps to personalise your page – add a photo of yourself and a few lines to tell people why this is a big challenge for you!
- Tell people about the cause!
The Y has sponsor forms and newsletters available for you to download and print at home, or just contact us to receive some in the post. Try and get the money up front when people sponsor you to save chasing after the event.
There are lots of ideas and ways to raise your sponsorship money – you don’t have to just ask people directly for cash, you could also consider running small fundraising events of your own.
Tell the world
You are doing something quite amazing – make sure you tell EVERYONE! Use social media to promote your sponsorship page and share it amongst colleagues, friends and family, even your local newspaper or radio station!
The Y’s vision is for every homeless young person to have a safe place to call home and the support they need to create lasting change in their lives
For a young person we know that having a roof over their head is only the first step towards building their resilience and aspirations. Many have experienced trauma, abuse, bereavement or family breakdown and arrive at The Y with low educational achievement, poor mental health and low self-esteem.
120 young people are housed by The Y every night where they get help to deal with their problems and develop the skills to live independently.
Examples of how your money can help
£10 will buy a welcome pack of essentials when a young person arrives with no belongings
£80 could buy interview clothes and shoes
£275 could pay for a month of specialist support for a young person who has suffered abuse