L to R: Si Johns (YMCA), James Gaisford (Tuckers Hall), Andrew Maynard (Tuckers Hall), Jeremy Theeten (YMCA)
We have been given the green light for our “Changing Rooms, Changing Lives” project, thanks to a last minute £4000 donation by local charity, ‘The Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers & Shearman’, known locally as Tuckers Hall.
For over 170 years, we have been providing support to young people and disadvantaged communities in Devon who have been affected by homelessness. Our new campaign aims to radically transform the communal spaces shared by residents at its house on St David’s Hill, Exeter.
Si Johns, Joint Executive Lead at YMCA Exeter, explained: “We are so grateful to Tuckers Hall for their generous donation to the “Changing Rooms, Changing Lives” campaign – their support is vital in allowing the campaign to go ahead. We have raised £20,000 through a mixture of donations, existing funds and services pledged.”
Si continued: “Young people become homeless for a number of reasons, whether these be domestic situations, leaving care or hospital, or family breakdowns, and it’s important that we can provide a place to call home, even if just for a short time. Whilst the 31-bed facility is a fantastic space, the interiors are dated and struggle to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The funds will allow the vital work to be carried out and transform the home in a sanctuary where, for the first time, people can begin to rebuild their lives.”
Tuckers Hall, who are supporting the YMCA with the campaign, work to support young disadvantaged people in the area who have been brought up in care. The charity provide support and training to encourage young people into the workplace, allowing them to become personally and financially independent.
James Gaisford, Master at Tuckers Hall, commented: “The Tuckers Hall Charity aims to help disadvantaged young people in our community – something YMCA Exeter has been doing so brilliantly for over 170 years. We are therefore delighted to support their “Changing Rooms, Changing Lives” project, which will greatly enhance the lives of those living in the residential centre – helping them to get back on their feet and move forward with their lives.”
The “Changing Rooms, Changing Lives” project will also allow the us to generate further funds to provide additional support for those in need.
Local businesses have gathered to advance the project and support the development of the YMCA in Exeter including housing developer, Burrington Estates, architects, Expedite, and PR and Marketing agency, Attention Media. Work on the renovation will begin in July for three weeks with Burrington Estates and Granite leading the work.