The Y.E.S. Project

Y.E.S. Project

latest news...

July 2017
Through funding from ESF we have delivered an employability course to prepare young people and young mums for the world of work
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June 2017
The kids that come to our youth club worked hard to create a video that portrays what they think about Centre 63. We are totally blow away by it, what do you think? Click below to watch.  
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March 2017
Starting March 30th the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool are joining our Youth Club to perform a series of interactive workshops right here at Centre 63! Kids can perform real experiments with real scientists! Completely free! It's free to join our Youth Club and free food is provided for your child. Ages 8-12: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Ages 13-17 6:45pm - 20:30pm  
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Our Funders and Supporters:
The Rank FoundationJMFHenry Smith Charity
supporting peopleThe big Deal
KHTNiace
J Paul GettyCatch 22
TSB
comic reliefChildren in Need

Housing Advice & Support and Money & Debt Advice

"I find my job very rewarding helping young people in difficult circumstances"

The Y.E.S. Project has been established since 1992, offering information and advice to often the most vulnerable young people within the community (aged 16-25) on many issues such as housing, welfare benefits, and debt advice.

Aims & Objectives:

  • To develop and sustain vulnerable young people's capacity to live independently in their homes, and offer support to those who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or seeking accommodation for the first time.
  • Our Tenancy Support Program supports young people who struggle with their tenancies by developing their skills, knowledge and experience over a period of 6-12 weeks. It is tailored to their needs and regular contact with clients ensures close and effective relationships.
  • The Y.E.S. Project's housing related support is defined as a service supporting individuals to maintain and develop maximum levels of independence within their accommodation and in the community.
  • The Y.E.S. Project offers Money and Debt Advice, Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 4pm, to support young people with priority and non-priority debts, water debts, fuel debts, budgeting and money management and accessing grants for furniture.

Grants:

  • We are connected to a range of organisations in order to gain grants to obtain essential items, often in collaboration with our Tenancy Support Program.
  • Between January and June 2016, our clients received a total of £16,740 from charity grants.
  • The money received from grants has supported clients to purchase household items such as furniture and carpets, and this has prevented them from accessing loans or entering into debt.
  • Grants are always well-received by clients, and are hugely appreciated by those who need them most. 

Money and Debt Advice:

  • The Y.E.S. Project Debt Advice Service is a unique community resource which helps young people aged 16-25 to access quality advice, guidance and one-to-one support with finances, helping them to avoid falling into arrears and debt.
  • We help young people with tenancy/utility/non-priority debts, housing benefits, DHP applications, benefits entitlement, sanctions, budgeting and money management. 
  • ASK (Advice Services Knowsley) is one of our partners, and we aim to maintain the efficient relationship with them that we have. They offer advice on education, health, debt, employment, immigration, benefits, and more. They also offer advice for all age groups, so if you are above the age for Centre 63's service, contact ASK: www.adviceservicesknowsley.org.uk

Y.E.S Project Outcomes for 2016:

  • 420 clients have accessed our service and have received support with Housing, Money & Debt issues, Benefits, Sanctions and support to reach their goals and aspirations
  • We have conducted over 799 face to face advice and support sessions dealing with the hardest to reach Young people and families in the borough
  • Debt- We have supported clients to tackle debt amounting to £92,000, Clearing debt through trust fund applications, putting in resolutions and supporting clients with financial capability
  • Applications to United Utility Trust Fund with debt amounting to £32,000- Debt cleared
  • Charity grants received which have assisted our clients to purchase furniture, carpets, accessories, paint etc. Total amount awarded £24,500
  • Emergency support grants from the local authority -44 applications for support with white goods/beds /sofas. All awarded
  • Over the past 6 months we’ve accrued £322,400 worth of benefits for Young people and families
  • Perceived energy cost savings = £42,925 per year.

All of the clients we have supported have made positive changes in their lives and we have empowered them to take control of their responsibilities to become more rounded adults

What must I do if I'm homeless?

  • Contact Knowsley Housing Options on 0800 694 0280 for advice on the best course of action.
  • You may be able to avoid homelessness and find new accommodation.
  • Alternatively contact Shelter for free advice on 0808 800 444.

 

Ann Brown                                    

Project Coordinator

E-mail: ann.brown@centre63.co.uk

Tel: 0151 549 1494

Mob: 07971309838