YMCA responds to Government announcement on Relationships and Sex Education

Today, the Department for Education published their draft guidance on relationships and sex education for primary and secondary school pupils. Under the updated guidance, teachers will talk to primary school pupils in an age-appropriate way about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships they are likely to encounter. At secondary school, teachers…

YMCA residents experience the world of work through pilot with council

Six residents from YMCA Exeter got a taste of working life by taking part in a joint pilot programme with the city’s council that aims to introduce young homeless people to employment. The participants who have all experienced homelessness, were given a tour of eight different departments at Exeter City Council, including Environmental Health, Tourism,…

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…

Parents clueless on how to talk about mental health

YMCA launches parent mental health guide for Children’s Mental Health Week New figures, published today by youth charity YMCA, show that despite the important role parents play in supporting the mental health of their children, many are not up to the task. YMCA spoke to more than 2,000 11-24 year-olds about stigma and mental health,…

Employment laws need to reflect modern workplace

Today, the Government responded to the Taylor review of modern working practices, announcing a consultation on several new reforms that will address the challenges of the changing world of work in the modern economy. Responding to the Government’s new plans, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive for YMCA England & Wales, said: Young people are one of the…

Reg Bailey CBE joins YMCA as new Chair

Reg Bailey CBE has been newly appointed as Chair to the Board of Trustees of the National Council of YMCAs. He was the Chief Executive of Mothers’ Union from 1999 until his retirement in 2015. YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world, founded in London in 1844. Across England and Wales,…

Charities unite to end homelessness

YMCA England & Wales part of new London Homeless Charities Group, launching first winter campaign with support of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan A total of 18 charities have come together to end rough sleeping and homelessness, launching the new London Homeless Charities Group on Friday 15 December with a winter campaign backed by the Mayor…