Christmas Challenge

We are very excited to be taking part in The Big Give Christmas Campaign this year. The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge. Beginning at Noon on Tuesday 3rd until Tuesday 10th December, it offers donors the opportunity to have their donation doubled. So at NO EXTRA COST, your donation doubles this December.

Step into Work Bursary

It should be a reason for celebration, but formerly homeless young people who find a job are facing greater poverty. Low paid work causes benefits to reduce or stop immediately, leaving them in financial difficulty with rent payments and waiting up to a month for their first pay.

These pressures prevent young people from being able to save for a deposit or basic furnishings for a place of their own and many give up. Young people at The Y have already been through family breakdowns, poor mental health or abuse. They deserve a chance.

This Christmas Challenge will fund rent bursaries for young people living in one of our Move On houses, so that they can work and thrive in Leicester.

Donate and double your impact:

  • £77.50 will turn into £155: covering the cost for one young person for a month
  • £45 will turn into £90: providing interview clothes or shoes for a young person
  • £30 becomes £60: delivering a CV workshop for young people at The Y

The Target – £6,040

Donations from businesses and supporters will be matched up to £3,020 from Champion and Pledge Funds on the Big Give, the UK’s biggest match funding platform. BUT if we don’t reach the £3,020 target some young people will lose out. Donations must be made to The Y via between 3rd – 10th December to qualify.

Ideas to get involved

  • Imagine there is an extra Christmas gift to buy this year and make a donation
  • Could you donate to our Christmas Challenge instead of spending money on Christmas cards? We can send you an email thank you to share! This is also a great idea for your colleagues to join in with.
  • Could you have a dress down day or bake sale?
  • Could you share the campaign with your family, friends, clients or colleagues via email or social media?

With your support 8 young people will receive the bursary and additional help that will set them off on the right foot for their working life (not just Christmas!)