Words by Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the National Council of YMCAs Deciding what to do after leaving school can be a daunting task for many young people. Figuring out the rest of your life is never an easy decision but, for today’s generation, it’s probably harder than ever. For most young people who are…
Young people care about how they look. I know what you are thinking and, yes, this is a relatively unsurprising fact, particularly to me when I recall how long I used to take to get ready as a teenager and when I look today at my own daughters’ behaviour where very similar traits appear to be on show.
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…
Words by Andy Winter, Chief Executive of YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire
This Bank Holiday weekend, YMCA returns to the faith, arts and music festival, Greenbelt.
The names of the young people and projects through to the finals night of a national awards ceremony have been announced.
Blog: ‘You’ve got to be in it to win it’ – 2015 Youth Matters winner on taking home his prized award
Hi, my name is Tom Truman and I am honoured to be the current YMCA Young Worker of the Year. I was nominated for the award in 2015 for work in my previous position as Service User Involvement Officer at YMCA Birmingham.
Friday 1 July is the 100th anniversary of first day of the Battle of the Somme, one of the fiercest battles of World War One. As the country commemorates this and remembers those who lost their lives, Ken Montgomery, Head of International Affairs at YMCA England, looks back on YMCA’s civilian involvement in this battle and examines what we did as a charity to support troops for the duration of The Great War…
Youth Matters, YMCA’s national youth awards scheme for young people, has returned for the eighth year running … and nominations are now open!
This week, YMCA releases its latest research report, The Big Ban Theory.
In the largest project of its kind looking into the impact and use of legal highs among young people, YMCA sets out 14 recommendations to Government, asking them to look beyond the Psychoactive Substances Act, due to come in place on Thursday 26 May, to help reduce the harm suffered by many young people at the hands of legal highs.
It was just over 12 months ago that YMCA England was successful in attracting a Department for Education (DfE) grant to deliver a mental health programme that looked to fill a void created by the reduced capacity of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).