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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 ...


When a young person becomes homeless they are often profoundly lonely, isolated and extremely vulnerable. Without support they can easily become trapped in a life of po...

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YMCA para cyclist pedals his way towards Rio 2016

A gym coordinator from YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is in the running to be chosen for the Para Cycling team for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Derwent students and YMCA 'bank' on new partnership

Students are being asked to donate their old and unwanted clothes to YMCA as part of a unique partnership scheme to help young people in need.

Birmingham YMCA awarded £1m grant to tackle youth homelessness

An innovative housing project offering essential accommodation for homeless young people and facilities for the local community, has secured the funds necessary to complete the development.

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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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