As the national council of YMCAs in England, we support local YMCAs by promoting high standards of working, sharing best practice, fundraising on their behalf, partnering with them to pilot new projects, and providing training opportunities for staff and volunteers. We develop national programmes that member YMCAs can roll out locally, and work with young people as part of our national youth offer.
We give local YMCAs a national voice by speaking with government, key policy makers and national media, and we represent them by advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable young people in England.
Together, as the YMCA federation in England we focus on four key areas of work: accommodation, family work, health & wellbeing and training & education, with a fifth – support and advice – running through them all.
We also run over 130 charity shops raising vital funds to support services delivered across the federation.
To find out more about what we do, download YMCA Snapshot 2014.