YMCA supporting young people with mental health difficulties

Towards the end of 2015, YMCA England conducted a body of research to inform its YMCA Manifesto for the General Election, and mental health was a key consideration for us and the young people we serve. For while much of our work is centred on helping disadvantaged young people off the streets, into a safe…

Get Set for Community Action: Just Say Yes

Graham Oatridge, YMCA England’s Health and Wellbeing Contracts Manager, blogs about a new programme YMCA is delivering all over England, Scotland and Wales to help young people give back to their communities…

Mental Health: the hidden disability

As we mark World Mental Health Day 2015, John Brunswick, Health and Wellbeing Programmes Manager at YMCA England, talks about how innovative mental health services across YMCAs are helping to transform the lives of hundreds of vulnerable, young people…

A Budget for young people? Not according to Zara, 18, from Grimsby

Zara Wilkinson is a young person living in YMCA Humber accommodation in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. She moved into YMCA in January after spending a week sleeping in a tent on the streets of the seaside town. Here, she gives her views on the three aspects of last week’s Budget that may affect her…

Championing mental health

Late last year, YMCA England’s Policy team spent a lot of time out on the road, hosting events, speaking to staff and working with young people to determine the main issues that affected them. From a health and wellbeing perspective it confirmed something a lot of us already knew; mental health is one of the…