Sophie’s story

When Sophie first arrived at YMCA, she was 18 years old and clearly distressed. Her mental health problems had forced her to leave her family home and, when the council-run accommodation where she was staying was sold, she had nowhere to call home, no stability in her life, and nobody to turn to. Thankfully, Sophie…

Volunteering is the best thing I’ve ever done

Peta, 50, from Devon, is one of over 800 dedicated volunteers who have supported YMCA in the last year. To celebrate Volunteer’s Week ( 1-7 June), Peta shares how she first got involved with YMCA and why volunteering at a YMCA charity shop has been life changing for her.  “I first got involved with YMCA…

People deal with mental health difficulties on a daily basis – Joey Bevan

With close to 80,000 followers on social media, professional fashion stylist, designer and hairstylist Joey Bevan is well known in the fashion industry. Starting his humble beginnings at a YMCA charity shop in Southend, he has established himself as a force in the fashion industry with his work being featured on Britain’s Next Top Model, The Ideal Home Show, Xfactor, Vogue and InStyle, to name a few.

My eating disorder made me feel that I had control

Chelsie, 17, from Cardiff is a young carer who has suffered from depression and anxiety throughout her life. While at primary school, she started to develop negative feelings about her looks and slowly started to slip into an eating disorder. Here she tells us in her own words how her life has changed. I first…