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Prime Minister praises project providing young people with purpose

A creative culinary enterprise run in partnership with YMCA North London has earned a prestigious stamp of approval by the Prime Minister for helping homeless and vulnerable young people get ahead in life. Find out more


YMCA North Staffordshire plan to open grocery store in Spar partnership

In an innovative move to generate further sources of income and become less reliant on outside funding, YMCA North Staffordshire has announced exciting plans to open a grocery store. Find out more


Work begins on turning derelict hotel into multi-use facility

YMCA Somerset Coast is celebrating finally being able to start the building of a major £1.8million flagship project that combines housing for young people and facilities for the local community. Find out more


England striker cuts ribbon to open new YMCA housing

A new supported housing development for 16-25 year olds who would otherwise be unable to afford a place to live in Birmingham was officially opened by England football player Saido Berahino alongside local councillor Muhammad Afzal and CEO of YMCA Birmingham, Alan Fraser. Find out more


YMCA karate champs scoop seven medals

Seven members of a karate club based at the YMCA Hawker Centre (part of YMCA London South West) in North Kingston are returning from last month’s English Karate Championships as victors after winning a whopping seven medals last month. Find out more


Arriva hands Southend SOS Bus team an upgrade

The YMCA SOS Bus project in Southend has been given a lifeline in the form of a replacement bus donated by Arriva. Find out more


Young people ‘facing a cliff edge’, as housing crisis leaves them trapped

For young people facing life on the street or spent moving from sofa to sofa, a place in supported accommodation is a valuable lifeline and chance to get themselves back on track, however for many, this move can end in frustration as growing housing pressures leave them trapped and unable to return to independent living. Find out more


Ribbon cutting and selfie snapping at training centre launch

Leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband visited Doncaster for the grand opening of YMCA Training’s new facility. Mr Miliband was also joined by Labour candidates Rosie Winterton MP and Rt Hon. Caroline Flint, who all participated in an informal Q&A session with learners, trainers and community partners from across the area. Find out more


Growing pressure of New Year fad diets causing body anxiety

Ahead of the onslaught of New Year’s fad diets, Be Real, the UK’s national movement for body confidence established with backing of YMCA, issued a warning against the damaging impact of quick fix fad diets on body image. Find out more


First female Bishop selects YMCA for inaugural visit

YMCA Crewe were delighted to play a small part in history earlier this week as they welcomed the first woman Bishop in the Church of England.  The appointment was announced at 10:00am on 17 December and the visit to YMCA Crewe was Libby Lane’s first public appointment after the news broke. Find out more


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