Project information

Access All Areas

YMCA Cornwall provides accommodation and support for over 90 young homeless people each year. We currently have wifi access in parts of the main building but the accommodation blocks where the young people live do not have any. We want to rectify this by enabling wifi access across the whole site.

March 2011 - May 2011

Charity information: YMCA Cornwall

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  • Need


    For many young people frustration about what they see as their future (or lack of it) can lead to them becoming angry and de-motivated with low self-esteem and low confidence and a general unwillingness to try. The homeless young people with whom we work come to us with a myriad of issue that they need to address. Often this may be the first home they call their own and feel safe in enabling them to have access to the Internet would mean a lot to them.


    We support and challenge young people to address the issues in their life and to look to the future we encourage them to enrol at college and to seek employment access to the Internet in their own rooms/flats would enable this process to be easier for them and also give them the control of doing it for themselves . Giving the young people confidence in their own abilities will encourage them to think differently about their future and say to themselves “I can do it!”

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable Wifi access across the entire YMCA Cornwall Penzance site


    » Purchase the hardware and software to enable this to happen
    » Fit all of the equipment

    What success will look like

    Success will be having completed the work and testing the system to prove we have access across the site.

  • Impact


    The project will enable youg people on site to access the Internet from the comfort of their own homes something that most people in the Country currently take for granted.
    Success will be demonstrated by the numbers of young people each year accessing the Internet and a 15% increase in the numbers of young people finding work or accessing a college course because it is easier to find the jobs/complete home work.


    There is a risk that due to the layout of the site and the age of some of the buildings that putting the hardware required in could take longer than we anticipate. We have all contractors on standby and a commitment from them to complete as quickly as possible.


    We will complete a one off report highlighting the completion of the project and featuring interviews with current residents as to the benefits

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,133

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,901 Hardware POE Access points
      £552 Hardware POE Routers
      £860 Hardware New Server/500m ethernet cable/RJ45s
      £460 Software Antamedia
      £2,000 Labour IT and general labour
      £360 Hardware Extra BT line and Broadband
  • Background


    Cornwall is a county many people think of as an area of outstanding beauty and an increasingly desirable life style choice for many people. There are, however, other factors that need to be kept in mind when considering the county. The European Union awarded Cornwall with Objective One status in international recognition of the disadvantages of the county in respect of income, employment, education and amenities compared with the remainder of the UK.


    The project will benefit at least 90 disaffected young people per year who very often through family breakdown find themselves homeless. YMCA Cornwall has a long tradition of working with the needs of the community with a focus on young people. We are about improving their lives through mind, body and spirit to enable them to have a positive future and to make a positive contribution to their community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Organisation has a tremendous reputation for providing accommodation and support for young people. We are considered the 'experts' for this particular age range within West Cornwall. We have a number of basic life skills lessons that we undertake with the young people before they are ready for the job market or college. This access would be the icing on the cake and enable us to provide a truly holistic service for our young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Beau Bovey

    The YMCA Cornwall IT Consultant. He has been with YMCA Cornwall for 5 years it has been his dream for some time to enable this project to happen.