YMCA Childcare Exning Road generously awarded £1,000 funding from the CALA Homes’ Community Bursary scheme

A generous £1,000 donation from the CALA Homes’ Community Bursary scheme has helped our childcare setting at Exning Road continue to support more than 30 young people and their families.

YMCA Childcare Exning Road in Suffolk, which first opened in September 2018, provides full day care, fee paying and funded sessions for children aged between three months to 12 years.

The donation will be used to purchase new resources to enhance the rooms, as well as a complete revamp of the outdoor garden space.

Jessica Booth, Childcare Manager at Exning Road, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from CALA Homes which will help improve our provision, and ensure it provides a safe, secure and happy environment for our young people.

“Due to Covid-19, the importance of outdoor space has never been more apparent in our everyday lives. Thanks to the funds, we can transform our existing garden and make sure the area supports both our staff and children’s mental and physical wellbeing.

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to CALA Homes for their generosity and support, we appreciate it so much.”

CALA Homes, who are set to build along Exning Road in the future, first approached us with the aim of contributing to the local community.

After meeting the team, CALA Homes invited the setting to apply for the CALA Homes Community Bursary scheme – a bursary set up to support local charities and community groups.

The housebuilder was impressed with Exning Road’s ‘family work approach’ – an initiative which sees the setting work with the whole family, not just the child, to ensure it achieves the best possible outcomes for the children in its care.

Duncan Jackson, Managing Director of CALA Homes North Home Counties, said: “Working with thousands of young people across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, it was immediately evident to us the scale and significance of the work YMCA Trinity Group undertakes.

“That’s why the CALA team is delighted that the bursary amount will be put to use by its Exning Road team to develop the outside space for its beneficiaries.

“We’re very proud to play our part across the region; whether that’s helping groups through bursaries such as this, coming up with new ways of saving energy in our offices, taking part in technology trials on our developments, or feeding into working groups with other CALA regions.”

Each year, we support around 10,000 young and vulnerable people, and communities across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Its primary aim is to enable every young person to grow and develop, running initiatives that tackle issues such as youth engagement, youth offending, mental health, access to employment, domestic violence, and crisis support.