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Partnering with YMCA

Partnering your company with YMCA England & Wales will enable your business to be visible at the heart of your community. At the same time, it will help to make a lasting difference to the lives of more than 200,000 young people who we reach every year in England and Wales.

What’s more, we recognise that a corporate partnership must be mutually beneficial, which is why at YMCA England & Wales we guarantee to carefully tailor your sponsorship in a way that suits you.

Why support YMCA England & Wales?

A charity partnership with YMCA England & Wales enables you to connect with your local communities and make a real difference to children, young people and families, while still benefiting from the co-ordinated support and account management of a leading national charity.

Through a network of 101 local YMCAs, we are working in the heart of 530 local communities across the country. With a huge variety of integrated services, YMCAs are supporting communities and enabling children and young people to belong, contribute and thrive. We believe that every young person should be able to reach their full potential, no matter what their background or circumstances.

What can YMCA England & Wales offer your company?

A partnership with YMCA England & Wales will bring you tangible, lasting business benefits and enable you to build on your reputation. Just some of the many benefits could include:

Staff engagement

Opportunity for staff engagement to increase morale and motivation, attract new talent and keep staff retention rates high.


A range of meaningful volunteering opportunities at a local level.

Brand association

Enhanced brand reputation with customers, suppliers and the wider local communities. With a strong local, regional and national PR platform.

Cause-related marketing

Strategic advertising opportunities through sponsorship of events and Cause Related Marketing campaigns.

Working in partnership with YMCA England & Wales

Your company can get involved in many different ways and we are committed to working with you to meet your company’s aims and objectives. Opportunities include a Charity of the Year partnership, exciting team building events, sponsorship opportunities, Payroll Giving, gifts in kind and/or pro-bono support. However you decide to support us, you will benefit from a dedicated Account Manager to co-ordinate all activity, with support from an account team.

We can also arrange for your staff to visit a local YMCA to find out more about what we do and to join in volunteering opportunities. The chance to see first-hand the difference their support makes to the work of YMCA, both nationally and locally, will undoubtedly boost staff morale, motivation and understanding of why your company supports us.

Additional CSR outcomes from partnership with YMCA England & Wales


Provide a safe place to sleep to nearly 9,000 homeless young people every night.

Training & Education

Support nearly 30,000 people to achieve new qualifications and skills enabling them secure opportunities in the job market.

Family Work

Offer children and families nursery care, parenting support, holiday programmes and family mediation.

Health & Wellbeing

Enable 400,000 children and adults every year to get active through inclusive sports clubs, gyms and community health partnerships.

Support & Advice

Intensively support 72,000 disadvantaged young people every year to achieve their full potential.

Your company and YMCA England & Wales

Cause-related marketing

Cause Related Marketing (CRM) is an increasingly popular way of driving forward the corporate social responsibility agenda while at the same time meeting business objectives. Consumers repeatedly react positively to effective CRM campaigns that have a clear link between cause and product. We can help create innovative campaigns that not only raise awareness and reputation of our respective brands, but also deliver our respective objectives.

Charity of the Year partnership

A Charity of the Year partnership is a great way for staff to participate in something fun while bringing about positive change within the community. A YMCA England & Wales account manager will work closely with you to develop a tailor-made programme of fundraising and volunteering activities which will engage your staff and deliver a successful, mutually beneficial partnership.

Corporate donations

Single or regular corporate donations are another invaluable way of demonstrating your support for YMCA England & Wales.

Fundraising events

An annual company fundraising event can help to engage staff while raising funds for our vital work – this can be an internal event such as a barbeque or evening. Or you can get involved with some of our fundraising events:

London Marathon

If you and / or a group from your company have been inspired to take part in the world famous London Marathon, and would like to run for YMCA England & Wales, we have places in the 2019 YMCA team and would love to hear from you.

Please contact for more information.

Payroll giving

Payroll Giving is a simple, tax efficient way for your employees to donate regularly to charity directly from their salary. Whatever the size of your business, Payroll Giving is easy to set up and inexpensive to run. We can provide advice on setting up a payroll giving scheme and help you to promote it to your staff.

Pro-bono support and gifts in kind

Your organisation could support us by providing pro-bono services such as legal advice, marketing and design expertise or facilities for corporate hospitality events. Donated goods from your company can also help boost our income through sales in our network of charity shops or by providing much needed equipment and furniture for our supported housing schemes.


Are you looking for YMCA England & Wales support for your business? If so, sponsorship of one our events and conferences could be the route for you. Publicly supporting a charity can reinforce your company’s position as a socially responsible company with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. Whatever your sponsorship budget, YMCA England & Wales will have a campaign, event or programme to match your needs.

Team-building opportunities

Browse our excellent team-building events below:

Trade Takeover

This fundraising challenge gives teams the opportunity to put their creativity, innovation and team-building skills to the test. Teams takeover a YMCA charity shop for a day to find out who can raise the most money! To find out more information please get in touch.

Sleep Easy

YMCA Sleep Easy is where people sleep rough so others don’t have to. This event is a brilliant opportunity to work and come together as a team to fundraise and raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness and helps raise money to support YMCA.

Contact us

To find out more about the range of opportunities available or to discuss how your company could be involved, please email the corporate partnerships team at

Our partners

Charity Bank

Charity Bank is an ethical bank owned by and dedicated to supporting charities and social enterprises.

We exist to lend to YMCAs and other organisations creating lasting social change. At the heart of our work is a passion for empowering people and helping to transform communities. Our goal is to provide much more than access to finance, we seek to partner with you in working for good.

Carolyn Sims, Banking Director, Charity Bank

Find out more about Charity Bank at

YMCA Birmingham used a Charity Bank loan to help build accommodation and community facilities for local young people