Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin joins YMCA Black Country in Parliament

Staff and volunteers showcase the Open Door project in Westminster.


YMCA were there to showcase their Open Door project which places homeless young people with host families to keep them off the street and give them the support they need to get on in life.

Austin met with Rachael Taylor, YMCA Supported Lodgings Manager, and Erin Edwards who lived with a host family as part of the Open Door project.

Ian Austin said:

“The YMCA does brilliant work in Dudley and the wider Black Country to support vulnerable youngsters and help tackle homelessness. The Open Door project is fantastic and gives invaluable support to young people who are facing difficult situations.

“Homelessness has shot up in recent years and is not only a problem in Dudley but across the Black Country and the whole of the West Midlands. 

“The number of people sleeping rough in the West Midlands has more than trebled, so at times like these organisations like the YMCA are vital is giving people the support to keep them off the streets. 

“I am always delighted to support organisations working with young people in Dudley, and it was great to meet Rachael and Erin in Parliament as they showcased the great work they do in the Black Country.”

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