YMCA Newcastle provides unconditional support to around 2,000 young people annually from a number of sites across the City.

Young people tell us that having a job is very important to them but youth unemployment in Newcastle is around 25%. To address this we have established a social enterprise to create employment for young people; we grow speciality mushrooms on coffee grounds that are collected from cafes. We sell fresh mushrooms to local restaurants, sell mushroom stalks to vegan food manufactures and sell grow at home kits to enthusiasts and as gifts.

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We have 2 trustee vacancies for individuals with skills, experience and knowledge in manufacturing and retail to become a member of our Board. You will support the Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer and Business Manager to achieve our ambitious growth plan to scale up our business nationally.

We require you to give up around 4 hours of your time each month to attend the subcommittee and Board meetings and use your professional knowledge and skills to enable the operational team to provide our much needed jobs for young people. We are not able to provide remuneration for your time but do reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

Please email the Chief Executive Officer [email protected] for more details.

YMCA Newcastle Training and Education impact statement