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Main Contact: Joanna Fleetwood-Smith
Business Development Director
Tel: 0116 255 6507

Established: 1883
Staff Numbers: 75
Volunteers: 20

The Y delivers a range of community based services specifically targeted at young adults throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. In addition to this, The Y delivers youth and community work programmes including sports, education, children’s work and works with young offenders, young adults excluded from school, NEET YP and YP with complex needs.

Over the last seven years, The Y has received endorsements for commissioned studies on the ‘sexual exploitation of children and young adults’ and ‘housing related support needs of YP with complex needs’. The Y has a long history of working with the most challenging groups of Young Adults and works in partnership with a range of other service providers including the Youth Offending Service, CYPS, National Probation Service, DLNR CRC, Leicestershire Health and the Police to provide support, accommodation and education and address issues of anti-social behaviour.

The Y is currently in its final year of delivering a £1.1m Big Lottery Fund funded project called Y-POD which has worked to create a new model of supporting LAC and Young offenders. The project is delivered in partnership with LCC’s Looked After Children Team, the YOS and the LPT to provide a wraparound service for disengaged Young Adults.

The Y also provides 100% of supported housing for Young Adults within the city (85 bed spaces over four sites) three move on houses (8 bed spaces).

In 2015 The Y alongside partners in Derby and Derbyshire won a Fair Chance Fund contract to provide a’ Housing First’ project to young adults 18-24 (Ambitions East Midlands) providing accommodation, education, training and employment opportunities. This project is DCLG funded and is a payment by results programme with social financing from Big Issue Invest and Key Fund.

The organisation also has a 300 seat professional Victorian Theatre providing a range of music, comedy, drama and spoken word events, as well as range of Sports facilities.

The Y is a Full member of Reaching People.