19 January 2015

Holding a raffle amongst the customers at her Stourbridge based beauticians Tej & Co, Tejinder and her staff were able to raise the fabulous amount of £250 for YMCA Open Door.

Having two teenage sons of her own prompted Tejinder Tanda Ghag of Stourbridge to support the much needed and popular Black Country project.

YMCA Open Door provides supported lodgings for homeless young people in secure and friendly settings in the homes of volunteer Hosts. The project currently has over 80 Hosts right across the Black Country who not only offer a home but also vital life skills to ensure the young people move on successfully into independence.


Rachael Taylor, Host Co-ordinator for YMCA travelled over to Stourbridge to meet and thank Tejinder for her kind work and generosity. “The generosity of Tejindar along with her staff and clients together with other donations can make all the difference to the lives of young people at risk in the Black Country. The Open Door project has real grass roots support amongst the people of the West Midlands, and without their generous support and willingness to offer accommodation to young people at risk. People in the Black Country have a strong calling to help others, and without the ongoing support of people like Tejinder, we would not be able to offer a safe home, guidance and a future to many young people.”

YMCA urgently needs more Hosts in the Black Country area, to provide both emergency Nightstop and longer term accommodation. They are also seeking volunteer drivers to safely transport young people to their Host’s home.

The Open Door project is running preparation courses for potential new hosts across the Black Country. The courses are free of charge and are a good opportunity for anyone who is interested in the project to meet existing hosts and young people who have been helped and to find out more.

To book a place on a course or for more information, please contact Rachael Taylor, YMCA Open Door Host Coordinator on 0121 524 1974 or email rachael.taylor@ymcabc.org.uk