YMCA launches campaign supporting teens through exams

As teenagers up and down the country embark on their first set of GCSE exams, YMCA DownsLink Group has linked up with a local college in Sussex to create the #NoStressSuccess campaign. Partnering up with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, YMCA DownsLink Group kicked off the campaign, which is part of its Right Here project, on…

Young entrepreneur Gabriel reaping rewards from Youth Matters win

When Gabriel won the category of Young Leader of the Year at last year’s glittering Youth Matters Awards, he not only walked away from the stage clutching a trophy, but with career enhancing bespoke leadership training, gifted courtesy of sponsors, Changing Point. His story is just one of many that show just how doors can…

YMCA responds to report into Government’s Green Paper on mental health

Today, the Education and Health and Social Care Committees published their joint report into the Government’s Green Paper on mental health saying the proposals for improving mental health care for young people will leave hundreds of thousands of children without the support they desperately need. Responding to the Committee’s report, Denise Hatton, YMCA England & Wales Chief Executive,…

Rise in knife crime shines spotlight on youth services cuts

Youth services decimated despite widespread concerns Youth services have become the ‘go to’ budget for cuts as local authorities do not recognise the long-term benefits to young people, YMCA has warned, after an analysis shows spending across these services in England and Wales has fallen by 61% over the past six years. YMCA England &…

Sleep Easy raises record-breaking funds

More than 1,000 heroic YMCA supporters from across the country have bedded down under the stars in freezing temperatures to raise a record-breaking amount of money for young people and increase awareness of the scores of homeless people sleeping rough on our streets every night. With only cardboard boxes for shelter and sleeping bags for…

Hundreds swap beds for pavements during Sleep Easy Week

More than 1,000 heroic YMCA supporters from across the country have bedded down under the stars in freezing temperatures to raise a record-breaking amount of money for young people and increase awareness of the scores of homeless people sleeping rough on our streets every night.

More than half of young people bullied about their looks

More than half (55%) of young people have been bullied about the way they look, with two fifths of those experiencing this bullying at least once a week, new findings from YMCA England & Wales show. Most of the bullying focusses on weight and body shape, with 60% of young people admitting they tried to…