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…

YMCA commemorates its civilian volunteers as the world remembers the Battle of the Somme

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…

The Big Ban Theory – why the Psychoactive Substances Act does not go far enough

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.