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Case Studies

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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Marianne, 19, YMCA Bolton

Marianne was only 16 when she started suffering from depression. She was helping her mum care for her gran who had dementia. She wasn’t getting out much and had no one to talk to. But when a friend invited her to the Youth Club at YMCA Bolton, she found the friends and support she needed to feel happy again.

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Lauren, 16, YMCA Bristol

Before starting her job with the YMCA, Lauren, 16, lacked confidence and was very shy. She was bullied at school and had a poor relationship with her family. She wanted to leave school but couldn’t get a job, until the YMCA offered her work at one of their cafés.

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Danny Purvis, 22, YMCA Southport

Danny Purvis arrived at the YMCA Gymnastics Club as a child with too much energy. Today he is an Olympic medal winner.

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Johnny, 19, YMCA Mendip

Johnny experienced a family tragedy and was having difficulties getting on with his dad when he first came to YMCA. He was feeling low and his life lacked direction. YMCA gave him friends, activities and opportunities to rebuild his life.

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