Helping to tackle youth homelessness

Staff at Yorkshire Building Society launch End Youth Homelessness charity collection. Pictured is Safeena Shafiq. Picture by John Clifton.
Staff at Yorkshire Building Society launch End Youth Homelessness charity collection. Pictured is Safeena Shafiq. Picture by John Clifton.
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A building society is aiming to play a role in reducing the number of young people sleeping rough.

Yorkshire Building Society has signed up to a three-year charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH), which aims to end homelessness among 16 to 25-year-olds in the UK.

The society is aiming to raise £750,000 over the course of the partnership to support more than 700 homeless young people into their own rented homes.

An estimated 166 young people in North Tyneside received some homelessness support from their local authority in 2015/16.

Now staff at the Yorkshire Building Society’s North Shields branch in Bedford Way are holding their first day of action on Monday, February 20.

They will be selling EYH trolley coin key rings, holding a give our bear a home competition and having a bake sale.

Nick Turnbull, branch manager, said: “We are proud to launch our new partnership with End Youth Homelessness and hope our customers and members of the public in North Shields really get behind us.

“Our action days will raise funds for rental deposit guarantees, home essentials grants, and practical help for homeless young people seeking to live independently.

“This partnership is at the heart of what we do at Yorkshire Building Society.

“As an organisation we pride ourselves on helping people become financially secure and achieve everything they can.”

Rosie Mellor, partnership manager for End Youth Homelessness, said: “Every year 83,000 young people are homeless in the UK.

“Through our partnership with Yorkshire Building Society we will not only be supporting 700 homeless young people into their own rented homes, we will also aim to break down the barriers that homeless young people face.”

For more information please visit www.ybs.co.uk/your-society