At 16, Joel was cold, hungry and terrified

We urgently need your help to unlock a safe place to stay for homeless young people like Joel.

At 16, Joel was cold, hungry and terrified

We urgently need your help to unlock a safe place to stay for homeless young people like Joel.

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.

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What we do

As the YMCA federation in England and Wales, we focus on the following key areas of work

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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.