20 January 2021

We are extremely grateful that Rhodes Wealth Management has chosen our YMCA as its partner charity of 2021, offering new clients the option of making a donation to help vulnerable young people on their behalf.

The clients of Rhodes Wealth Management will be given the choice of whether the money goes towards a new home pack, a food parcel, health and wellbeing session or clothing for a job interview for one of our young people.

A new home pack is for our young people who are ready to move out of the YMCA campus on London Road, Derby and into their own flat. These packs include essential items such as a toaster, microwave, pots and pans, plates, cutlery.

Food parcels will be provided for our young people who have just moved onto campus and includes non-perishable items such as tinned fruit, pasta, rice, and biscuits. The parcel ensures new residents are able to settle in without the stress of having to find food during their first few days in their new environment. In addition, food parcels will be provided to our young people who may find it difficult to shop due to mental health issues or health problems.

Several health and wellbeing sessions are held by our dedicated team throughout each week to keep our young people engaged and avoid feelings of social isolation. These sessions offer a chance to get together with like-minded people and learn a new skill or simply talk and gain support. The most widely-used health and wellbeing activity is held at our allotment near campus where our team teach attendees how to grow fresh produce.

We also assist young people who have regained enough confidence to apply for a job. Many of these young people do not have access to interview clothes to ensure they make a good first impression, so one of the options of donation will go towards helping them look smart.

Gillian Sewell, YMCA Derbyshire’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Rhodes Wealth Management has decided to work with us in supporting our young people.

“This type of donation really does make a huge difference and not only helps young people feel supported and valued at a time of intense need – it gives them a foundation towards a positive future.

“Organisations such as YMCA Derbyshire need business support more than ever, so if anyone wants to follow Rhodes Wealth Management’s lead, we would love to hear from you.”

Rhodes Wealth Management’s Adam Rhodes said: “We think YMCA Derbyshire does a brilliant job in providing help for young people who find themselves at their lowest ebb for many different reasons and then helps them back on their feet.

“This has been particularly important during 2020 when Covid-19 has left them isolated and even more vulnerable. We were very keen to partner with an organisation which is both close to home and whose ethos is close to our hearts.”