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YES Wins The National Lottery Award!

YES Wins The National Lottery Award!

We at YES are delighted to announce that we have won a large grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to support our work with young people around homelessness, teenage pregnancy, and young people’s mental health. 


“The charity engaged with over 8000 young people in 2023, through its core services and projects, making it one of the key youth charities in the area. 


The new funding will cover the core costs of the charity’s two centres in Colchester and Holland-on-Sea. It will also boost investment in key roles within the charity.  Overall, the funding will help to strengthen its main services; assist YES with building new services in Tendring and enable the management team to deliver a new robust business plan for the charity. 


YES has now been running since 1988 and is in the process of creating a new Friends of YES group, which is seeking to develop a committed group of supporters who have used the service in the past. 

People involved with Friends of YES will be able to tell their own story about their experiences with the life-changing charity. They will also be able to take part in volunteering support for the organisation and undertake fundraising activities if they wish. 


YES is keen to expand its supporter base in the future and create a portfolio of legacy stories, to showcase its huge impact on people’s lives. 


The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see YES continue to build on its services and establish new partnerships. This means more young people supported by YES will receive consistently high-quality support.”

Chair of Trustees Jacqui Williams said “We are overjoyed to receive such wonderful news.The team has worked incredibly hard to win this bid, which I know was built on the amazing work YES does for young people. 


The trustees, staff, and volunteers, deserve a huge well done as we head into what we believe will be another successful year of helping young people”.

“This is amazing news for the charity and a clear example of how the National Lottery is willing to invest in grassroot charities. At a time of great financial challenges, it shows that YES is a charity worthy of investment, and we look forward to supporting the young people of North East Essex over the next 35 years.” - YES CEO Dr David Sollis

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