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My experience as the Undercover Boss

YMCA England's Director of HR Bims Alalade got a taste of what it is like working on the frontline at YMCAs across the country when she took part in Channel 4's Underco...

Young and unemployed feel 'processed and punished'

A worrying number of young people see Jobcentre Plus as simply a place to go to be 'processed and punished' as opposed to a service where they are motivated and helped ...

YMCA Youth Matters Awards

The YMCA Youth Matters Awards celebrate the exceptional skills and talents of our young people. Held every year, the awards give us the opportunity to pay tribute ...

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YMCA Humber hosts festival of sport on the beach

Visitors to Cleethorpes this month were offered the opportunity to combine the pleasure of being by the sea and feeling the sand between their toes with a variety of invigorating sporting activities.

Permission granted for first innovative Y:Cube housing scheme

An inventive and affordable housing scheme pioneered by YMCA London South West has secured planning permission, with construction set to start in November.

Fun and adventure for young people with disabilities at OnSide residential

Over the summer a group of 30 young people with learning disabilities from a number of YMCAs travelled to YMCA Fairthorne Manor for a weekend of adventurous activities.

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Alys Talented Alys journeys from homelessness to a brighter future

As a young person who went from being homeless to finding hope and ambition at YMCA, Alys Guntley is an inspiration.

Brian Brian puts past behind him and dedicates life to helping others

Brian Hayes knows how it feels to come back from the brink after living through the struggles and challenges of homelessness.

SOS Bus A safe haven on four wheels for Southend youngsters

On Friday and Saturday nights a team of volunteers on-board Southend YMCA's SOS Bus provides a safe place for people in distress.

Bims and Maureen Meticulous Maureen keeps YMCA spick and span for 40 years

With exceptionally high standards to match those achieved in a four star hotel, 71 year old spirited grandmother Maureen McShane has been a housekeeper at YMCA London South West for almost 40 years.

Lauren Lauren, 16, YMCA Bristol

Lauren lacked confidence and was very shy. She is now an apprentice at a YMCA cafe and her confidence grows every day.

Marianne Marianne, 19, YMCA Bolton

Marianne was only 16 when she started to suffer from depression. Life at home was difficult and she didn't feel like she had anyone to talk to.

Zubairi Zubairi, 17, YMCA Black Country

Zubairi became homeless after his mother could no longer afford their home. Determined to succeed, he is working very hard in college to become an Aerospace Engineer.

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