What We Do

YMCA England

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.

Member YMCAs

The services each of our 114 YMCAs provide meet the needs of people in their area, reaching out to communities and engaging with young people from groups that might be hard to reach.

YMCAs don’t just provide a bed, but also seek to help young people gain the training, skills and confidence to go on to lead independent lives.

Some YMCAs will work predominately with homeless people, while others focus wholly on physical activity or youth work and creches. Together we are delivering services to 530 communities across the country.

To find out more and read about some of our successes, download YMCA Snapshot 2014.