YMCA Open Door offers vulnerable young people safe accommodation with Host Families – individuals, couples and families who live in the Black Country. A young person placed with a Host will receive a package of support from YMCA Black Country Group to help them gain the confidence and skills they need to become independent adults.

Many young people in the Black Country are unable to live at home with their family for a variety of reasons – bereavement, overcrowding, family breakdown or risk of abuse. At this age most young people still receive the care and support of their parents. Young people unable to live at home can be extremely vulnerable. They may appear confident and ‘streetwise’ but the reality is very different. They become isolated, lonely and lack self-esteem, missing out on educational and social opportunities that others of the same age take for granted.

Without a safe home and the guidance of caring, responsible adults many young people lose their way. The Open Door Project provides young people with the stability they need to continue with their education and transition into responsible adults.

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For more information on Open Door or Nightstop, contact the team on opendoor@ymcabc.org.uk or 0121 524 1957

Young man smiling into camera, feeling safe and secure in his new home. Could you offer your spare room to a homeless teenager?