YMCA couples celebrated on Valentine’s Day

Inspiring couples who met through their involvement with local YMCAs across the country are being highlighted in celebration of Valentine’s Day today. As the largest youth organisation operating in almost 660 different communities in England and Wales and impacting on the lives of more than 600,000 people every year, YMCA provides many opportunities to bring…

White Paper is step in the right direction but doesn’t go far enough

YMCA responds to government plans to fix the broken housing market, announced today in the White Paper. Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the National Council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “The Government’s announcement today comes in line with what YMCA has been saying consistently for many years – that the market is ‘broken’…

YMCA welcomes new mental health measures

YMCA responds to new measures, announced by the Prime Minister today, to provide better support for mental health patients. Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “Today’s announcement is a positive step towards tackling the mental health epidemic young people are currently facing. “We welcome the Prime…

Homeless young mums break stereotype in Channel 4 documentary

Teen mums at a local YMCA mother and baby unit took part in a Channel 4 programme about the challenges of young motherhood. The documentary followed teenagers Hazel, Tahiry, Kate, Kayleigh and Tabitha, for several months while they stayed at a YMCA hostel for pregnant teen mums. Rose, a YMCA support worker who’s been looking…