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SASH boosts support for York’s young homeless with Leeds Building Society Foundation grant

SASH, a youth homelessness charity in York, has increased the technology available to young people using its services following a grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation.

The charity, based on Walmgate, invested £985 in new computers to help people aged between 16 and 25 to lead successful, independent lives.

Access to computers enables service users to complete homework, apply for further education and apprenticeship places, update their CVs and apply for jobs online.

Peter Robinson, Director of SASH, said: “The young people we help have typically experienced homelessness at a young age and are at significant disadvantage compared to their peers. Often their circumstances mean that their education has been disrupted and they can struggle to enter the workplace and risk disengaging from the prospect of work altogether.

“Providing access to good quality and up-to-date technology means the people we help are able to work on the CVs and apply for jobs with the help of our dedicated team who support them through the process.

“The grant for Leeds Building Society Foundation has increased the number of computers available to the young people we help, as well as providing additional resources for our staff and volunteers.”

Every year SASH helps around 300 young people by offering a room in the home of a ‘host’ volunteer to provide them with a safe environment.

Gary Brook, Head of Corporate Communication at Leeds Building Society and a Foundation Trustee said: “The Foundation provides funding towards projects that directly support people in need, including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

“SASH is dedicated to supporting young people at risk of homelessness and we’re pleased our grant will be used to enhance the services offered to young people in York.”

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Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society colleagues visit SASH

Leeds Building Society Foundation, independently run by a Board of Trustees, is partly-funded by an annual donation from Leeds Building Society.

The balance of its financial support comes mainly from the Your Interest in Theirs scheme which allows members to donate the pence interest they earn on their savings.

Leeds Building Society Foundation was established by Leeds Building Society in 1999 to support UK charities committed to relieving hardship and suffering, or their direct consequences, and awards grants of up to £1,000 to good causes based or operating near Society branches and offices.

The Foundation has donated more than £1.8 million to worthy causes across the UK and has helped more than 2,000 charities since its inception.