YSS has reached the next stage of the Community Challenge Prize, a competition organised by the Good Things Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

YSS submitted an idea to the competition, identifying how £2,000 could be used to help service users spend less money, and is one of 60 successful applicants to be put through to the Development Workshop. Sally Billingsley, YSS keyworker, will be attending the workshop on behalf of YSS, which takes place in Birmingham on Wednesday 14 February.

Ten of the best ideas will be selected on Monday 11 June and winners will receive £2,000, whilst everyone who takes part will have a proposal to interest other funders.

Lorraine Preece, Chief Executive at YSS, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to go through to the next round of the competition. It was a collaborative effort with everyone coming together to brainstorm the best ideas, and we are thrilled to learn that our idea has been shortlisted. The workshop will be a great opportunity to develop our idea and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the competition has in store!”

YSS is an independent charity that works with some of the most marginalised people in society. These include children as young as seven who are acting as young carers, families who need additional support and people coming out of prison. YSS is there to support and empower people to make positive choices and have better lives. Many of the people we help have little of what most of us take for granted – whether that is a roof over our head, positive family relationships, strong friendships, good health or financial resilience.

To find out more about the services YSS delivers, please go to yss.org.uk or call 01905 730 780.