YMCA Lincolnshire Receives Big Lottery Funding for Complex Needs

YMCA Lincolnshire to work with 6 other YMCAs across the region to support young people with complex needs.


YMCA Lincolnshire has received confirmation of funding to address the increasing complex needs of young people across the East and West Midlands. The £443,475 has been awarded from Big Lottery Fund via The Y in Leicester, to provide specialist help for complex and challenging young people to access and sustain their accommodation.

This funding will be shared between six YMCAs across the Midlands region to better support young people with complex needs whilst also ensuring that a change of organisational culture towards these young people takes place.


What is Complex Needs?

When a young person has two or more support needs in addition to homelessness they are at a much higher risk of self-destructive behaviours, losing their accommodation and falling into a cycle of homelessness.

Examples of some other support needs are:

  • Mental health issues
  • Substance misuse
  • Offending behaviour
  • Learning disabilities
  • Domestic abuse
  • Childhood poverty
  • Looked after child
  • Sexual exploitation

In 2015, YMCAs across the region commissioned a Health & Wellbeing Strategy which identified some of the key issues in relation to the complex needs of young people. This funding will enable us to implement the recommendations of the strategy and ensure that complex and marginalised young people continue to get fair and equal access to all appropriate services.


Regional Complex Needs Project

The project will make a positive difference to the lives of 216 young people throughout the Midlands who are identified as having complex needs. Over 2000 other young people will also benefit from the sharing of best practice through the regional and national YMCA network.

YMCA Lincolnshire plus 6 others;

The Y Leicester (lead partner)

YMCA Birmingham

YMCA Burton Upon Trent & District

YMCA Wellington & District

YMCA North Staffordshire

YMCA Sutton Coldfield


Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive of YMCA Lincolnshire says:

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for YMCAs to work collaboratively, ensuring that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people receive an intensive wrap around service. Far too often, disengaged young people are unable to access services which results in increased mental health issues, substance misuse and isolation.

We are delighted the young people from Lincolnshire will benefit from this ground breaking partnership.”