YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world

In England and Wales, we intensively support 228,000 young people every year, ensuring each young person we meet has an opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive.



Amy’s story

Amy was first made homeless when she was just 16 years old. 

“I was terrified. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t been offered a place at YMCA.”

Will you help us be there for the young people who need us the most?

Read Amy’s story

How you can get involved

Find out more about how you can support our work


Support our appeal

Support our appeal and help young people find the emotional support they desperately need

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You could give a young person a home and a new, happy life from as little as 40p a day

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Every year, our volunteers give almost 800,000 hours of their time to help young people

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Supporting mental health

We recognise the huge impact poor mental health has on young people in England and Wales, with social media, finding work and affording somewhere to live all contributing to increased pressure.

Across the country, YMCAs are providing mental health services to 17,000 young people each year, and together we actively campaign to fight mental health stigma.

Find your YMCA

Contact your local YMCA to find out how they can support you.