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YMCA Latest Newsletter

Please find attached below the latest newsletter from YMCA Humber

If you have any questions about any articles in the newsletter or any other information about the work of the YMCA in the Humber Region

Please contact Jonathan Byrne on 01472 693388 or visit their website at www.ymca-humber.com  

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Are you looking for accomidation

Proposed changes to Home Choice Lincs

Home Choice Lincs (HCL) – the lettings partnership between Shoreline, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council and other social landlords across northern Lincolnshire – is proposing changes to its allocation policy to make it easier to understand and operate.

The policy sets out how homes are allocated to prospective tenants by housing need.

There are three proposed changes:

  • To stop tenants who are housed through the scheme from applying for a transfer within 12 months of sign-up unless there has been a significant change in their circumstances.
  • To change the way they assess overcrowding.  

Home Choice Lincs currently take into account the number of ‘bed spaces’ needed in a property but this can be confusing to applicants.  They are proposing to change this to the number of bedrooms a family requires instead.  This would then be in line with how Housing Benefit assess entitlement to accommodation.

  • To allow pregnancy to be taken into account from 20 weeks gestation when assessing the number of bedrooms and the type of accommodation an applicant needs.  

They will also be making some minor amendments to the wording of the policy to make sure references to supporting legislation are up-to-date.

If you would like to make any comments on the proposed changes please email Home Choice Lincs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or write to Home Choice Lincs, PO Box 622, Grimsby, DN31 9GG.

The closing date for comments is Wednesday 7 May 2014.

Your responses will be considered and subject to approval, these changes will come into effect from Monday 19 May 2014


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Recipe for success

YMCA Have A Recipe For Budgeting Success

YOUNG people from YMCA Humber are giving food for thought with a recipe book aimed at cooking on a tight budget.

The YMCAkes Project has been running at the charity’s Peaks Lane Hostel during the first two months of the year and has seen young people focus on both cookery and budgeting skills, which will assist them in their transition into independent living.

Funds for the project were received through a grant from Money for Life Challenge, a national competition that provides small grants for 16-to-24-year-olds to run a project to improve money management skills in their communities.

High Street banks Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and Halifax support the Money for Life Challenge and, having completed their challenge, the young people of YMCA Humber are hopeful of securing further funding by submitting a summary of the activity and other information.

Jocelyn Dennis, Community Youth Worker for YMCA Humber, has been overseeing the project.

She said: “The YMCAkes Project has enabled vulnerable young people to gain skills around areas such as budgeting, setting targets and understanding market research and production.

“Hopefully this will give them a better understanding of personal finance and also what is involved in producing good food on a budget.”

And participants in the project have produced a recipe book aimed at fellow young people who are cooking on a budget, so that they can produce healthy, nutritious meals at a low cost.

Chantelle, 23 (pictured), a resident at the Peaks Lane Housing Project in Grimsby spoke about how the booklet can help young people manage their finances better.

“We put the booklet together over several weeks,” she said.

“As well as including some really good recipes, it also has tips on how to manage your money.

“We’re encouraging people to pay their rent and bills first when they get paid and to write a list before they go shopping, so they know exactly what they need.

“It’s also important to shop around and find the cheapest products available, rather than just going to the nearest shop.

“And also to buy what you need and just indulge in small treats – it is a lot cheaper and healthier to make your own meals, rather than buy fast food.”

The booklet is available to residents at all the YMCA Humber housing projects in Grimsby and YMCA Youth and Community Services Manager Andy Tappin is planning to offer it to other homeless agencies.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the booklet, please call Andy on (01472) 359621 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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