YMCA project boosted by £1m grant

A housing charity in Leicester has been awarded almost £1m from the Big Lottery Fund to help people leaving care or young offender institutions.

Leicester YMCA's Y-PoD project will provide access to housing, health services, education and employment opportunities for young people.

A YMCA spokesperson said people who had been in care or in young offender institutions could often be stigmatised.

The project will begin when the refurbished YMCA site reopens in July.

Assistant city mayor, Councillor Mohammed Dawood, said: "This funding will enable us to work even more closely with Leicester YMCA and other agencies, to improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged young people in the city."

The project will be delivered by the YMCA, Leicester City Council, Connexions Leicestershire and Leicester City Primary Care Trust.

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