Burton YMCA Officially Opened

Burton YMCA was officially opened recently by the Bishop of Lichfield. The new shelter and training centre for the homeless in Burton-upon-Trent, which cost £750,000 to build, will support the needs of homeless people in the town.

Burton YMCA started to operate services from the centre in March 2011 after recognising a full-time specialist service was required to help meet the needs of emergency homelessness in the area. These needs became apparent in 2006 when the New Baptist Church, in Derby Street, first opened a temporary winter night shelter with total reliance on volunteers.

As part of the opening ceremony, the project’s partners spoke about their involvement and the bishop unveiled a plaque. A time capsule and its contents will be on display before they are buried on the site and a one-off fund-raising opportunity will be launched. The invited guests were also given a tour of the facilities.

Agencies represented on the day included capital funders the Homes and Communities Agency and East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, who through their joint commissioning process make a big contribution to support staff costs.

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