Farewell to 2012
Welcome to our final newsletter of the year. The launch of our Christmas Appeal signifies that 2012 is drawing to a close and as we look forward to a new year there is also much for Ypeople to look back on with pride during the last 12 months.
Once again the range of support our staff deliver across our network of services has played an important role in helping some of society’s most vulnerable people cope with and overcome the challenges they have faced. The way in which our service users respond to that support and represent Ypeople throughout the year is something which must also be applauded.
Our work with Glasgow’s asylum seeking community, which began in 2000, ended this year when the contract to provide accommodation and support services to asylum seekers in the city was transferred to Serco Civil Government. We, like many others, were disappointed by that decision as the quality of support which Ypeople delivered during those 12 years was well regarded and highly valued by the asylum seeking community.
However, it is the positives from that time we will remember. One such positive was our Ycommunity initiative, which provided asylum seekers with somewhere to socialise and access services such as healthcare, sports and the internet, receiving a Scottish Social Services Council Care Accolade.
Ypeople’s dedication and expertise in delivering support to vulnerable young people has received formal recognition on a number of other occasions this year.
Our Seaforth House supported accommodation service in Falkirk, which marked its 10th anniversary, also celebrated receiving full accreditation from the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS). That accolade was awarded in recognition of the way our team at Seaforth House has encouraged young people resident there to become actively involved in helping to run the service and support their peers.
Giving young people the confidence and a platform to have their opinions heard is particularly important to Ypeople. Whenever possible we strive to get our service users involved with our events and activities in order to provide the skills they’ll need to succeed in life after moving on from Ypeople.
That is why the Isra, Becci, Danielle, Sarah and Melissa from Branston Court were involved with our annual Ladies Fashion Show at Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel in June. It’s also why another service user, Scott, played such an important role in helping us to deliver our first and hugely successful golf day at Gleddoch House and two of our other young people, Garry and George, delivered a workshop at this year’s TPAS conference.
Every member of staff at Ypeople likes nothing more than to see the young people at our services go on to better things after receiving the support and advice needed to put previous difficulties behind them.
Your support throughout the year is vitally important in allowing us to continue our important work. The money raised by our Christmas Appeal will go directly towards funding our Starter Pack programme which provides young people moving into their own tenancies with the basics required to make a home.
On behalf of Ypeople I would like to thank everyone who supported our work in 2012 and wish you all a merry Christmas.