Yorkshire Children’s Centre supports over 10,000 people, social impact report reveals

Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC), headquartered at the Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield has announced today their Social Impact Report for 2015/16. The report outlines the performance of the not-for-profit organisation and measures the impact on those who have benefited from its services.

Established forty years ago with the objective of finding solutions to address complex social problems, YCC deliver a variety of projects and services across four keys service areas which support children, young people, families and older people in local communities across the region.

It has been reported that in 2015/16 YCC supported 4,752 children, 4,662 parents and 80 young people along with 582 older people and vulnerable adults across Yorkshire.

The extensive list of programmes delivered by YCC include education provision, Brian Jackson College, domestic violence perpetrator schemes, child contact centres, befriending services and dementia training.

Stats obtained from the 15/16 report indicate that YCC have provided 82 young people not in mainstream education the opportunity to gain qualifications and progress to further training or employment, enabled 232 children a welcoming place to meet their non-resident parent.

Under the brand Community Connection, the charity also befriended 175 older people with 100% reporting that they feel less isolated and 70% reporting a reduction in social services contact. The number of older people and vulnerable adults supported by Community Connection programmes which include lunch clubs, befriending and dementia related services saw an increase of 72%.

Supporting volunteers across the whole organisation, YCC has reported that the number of volunteers increased by just over 100 from last yearfrom 160 to 268.

Simon Cale, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Children’s Centre commented:

“Our work here at YCC is focused around early help and support strategies for those in need. We’re continually expanding our service offering so that we can improve the lives of more people across the region. We’re delighted with the results from our social impact report and the successes really are a true testament to the incredible work that our employees and volunteers do every day.”

YCC currently deliver programmes from four bases in Kirklees and, in line with their strategy, have recently expanded into Halifax and Doncaster and have further plans to grow their presence in South Yorkshire.

Alongside the delivery of its varied services, YCC also operates Pass It On, a social enterprise that currently operates seven shops selling pre-loved furniture and clothing which is supported by 67 volunteers and employs 30 staff in 2015/16.

For more information and to find out more about the impact of each area visit: http://yorkshirechildrenscentre.org.uk/what-we-do/social-impact-report/