Thursday, February 05, 2015

England striker cuts ribbon to open new YMCA housing

England striker cuts ribbon to open new YMCA housing
A new supported housing development for 16-25 year olds who would otherwise be unable to afford a place to live in Birmingham was officially opened by England football player Saido Berahino alongside local councillor Muhammad Afzal and CEO of YMCA Birmingham, Alan Fraser.

After being awarded £500,000 from the government's Empty Property Community Grants Programme to renovate and manage Harry Watton House, a former residential home for elderly people, YMCA Birmingham built 33 units of furnished accommodation with 17 units snapped up already. Residents will benefit from round the clock support from a dedicated team who will ensure they receive the care they need to be further helped into education, training and employment.

Saido Berahino said: "It was a huge honour for me to open Harry Watton House. I wish YMCA and the scheme the best of luck and hope that it gives people the support they need to achieve their goals in life."