YMCA Right Here, YMCA DownsLink Group – WINNER
YMCA Right Here is a health and wellbeing project for young people, enabling them to learn, speak out and get support around health and wellbeing through volunteering, activities, workshops, campaigns and digital projects.
In 2016, staff and volunteers at YMCA Right Here played a vital part in initiating, designing and developing the #IAMWHOLE campaign to combat mental health stigma.
In partnership with the NHS and YMCA England & Wales the campaign went national and reached over 120 million people globally.
As part of the #IAMWHOLE campaign, YMCA Right Here launched mental health services directory Find Get Give, an online platform where young people can rate and review services, and access resources and tools to support their mental health.
Furthermore, YMCA Right Here volunteers have delivered peer facilitated mental health workshops to 1,714 students in the last year and the Young Men’s Health Champion volunteers have worked with over 700 individuals online and face to face in the local community on topics such as testicular cancer, sexual exploitation and body image.
The project has had an immense impact on young people in the local area, as well as the project’s volunteers, who have grown in confidence, made new friends and learnt new skills.