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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


YMCA partnership awarded £2.95million grant for homeless young adults

Homeless young people across the East Midlands will soon benefit from a new project which will help transform their housing, education and employment prospects, thanks to an injection of government funds reaching nearly £3million. Find out more


Young YMCA residents have their say in Parliament

A group of young people from YMCAs across the country travelled to Westminster on Tuesday 9 December to take part in a national debate on the issue of youth homelessness. Find out more


Songstress releases festive single with YMCA North Staffordshire choir

It is the ultimate chart honour to be crowned Christmas Number One and joining the throngs of bands and solo artists vying for the coveted top spot is singer/songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli, who enlisted the talents of YMCA North Staffordshire’s choir to release a seasonal single. Find out more


Young people shine at 2014 Youth Matters Awards

Young people, staff, volunteers and YMCAs from across England have been honoured this week for a whole host of amazing achievements, incredible feats and a tireless dedication to transforming lives at the spectacular YMCA Youth Matters Awards 2014. Find out more


Local authorities failing to prevent youth homelessness

New research published today by Homeless Link, found that 40% of councils believe they do not have the tools they need to prevent youth homelessness, with statistics showing that homelessness was not prevented in 8 in 10 cases where young people approached the council for help. Find out more


Project inspiring young carers to achieve skills for a brighter future

A new service that supports young carers not in education, work or training to achieve employment skills, education and personal wellbeing has been launched by Manchester YMCA. Find out more


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