Nottinghamshire YMCA (Notts YMCA) has today (Thursday 16th March 2017) celebrated the opening of a brand new cooking and training facility as well as new accommodation on Peachey Street, Nottingham
The training facility, as part of a larger project funded by property industry charity LandAid, features state-of-the-art cooking appliances and a homely space where young people will learn a range of new skills, with topics including budgeting, culinary techniques and routes into employment.
Mark Owens is the Operations Manager for Housing at Nottinghamshire YMCA: “Thanks to LandAid funding our Peachey Street facility has been transformed into four apartments, each consisting of five bedrooms. The project will provide specialist support to vulnerable young people aged between 16 and 24 by supporting them to grow in confidence, learn new life skills and ultimately to progress into independence.”
Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, said: “We are proud to fund Nottinghamshire YMCA’s new hostel and delighted that it is now open and helping tackle youth homelessness in the area. Thanks to the generosity of the property industry, we can provide a safe space for more young homeless people to develop essential life skills, so they can go on to live independent, successful lives.”
Notts YMCA hope to work with local catering organisations in supporting Peachey Street residents enter careers in the food and catering industry. In the meantime, residents will be cooking up a storm with their very own Peachey Street recipe book, a compilation of recipes from Notts YMCA staff and friends.