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…

A significant moment in YMCA history

On Wednesday evening, in a significant moment in YMCA’s history, the organisation returned to its roots at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate its work, pay homage to supporters, staff and volunteers and give thanks for the life and pioneering work of its founder. St Paul’s Cathedral has played a continuing pivotal role in YMCA’s 173-year…

YMCA responds to the Autumn Budget

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his second budget today.  Responding to the budget, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive for YMCA England & Wales, said: “Today’s budget includes some positive new measures and we welcome the focus on increasing the number of new homes across the country. “Building 300,000 new homes a year will go some…

YMCA responds to Government house building figures

Official Government figures today showed that 217,350 new homes were added to the English housing stock in 2016/17 – 27,700 up on the previous year and the highest since the financial crash of 2007/08. Speaking on the figures and ahead of the next week’s Budget the Prime Minister has said she’ll make it her “mission to…

YMCA responds to Youth Select Committee report on body image

Today, the British Youth Council’s Select Committee launched its ‘A Body Confident Future’ report at an event in Parliament urging the Government to recognise the seriousness of body image fears. As part of the evidence gathering for the report, the committee heard from expert witnesses, including bloggers, social-media companies, teachers and mental-health professionals, how body…

YMCA responds to Government’s supported housing consultation announcement

Today, the Government announced that it will publish a response to the consultation on supported housing on Tuesday 31 October. Responding to the announcement, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive for YMCA England & Wales, said: “YMCA England & Wales welcomes the news that the Government will publish its response to the review of supported housing on Tuesday…

Mental health insults and stereotypes part of everyday language

YMCA releases major research for #IAMWHOLE campaign on World Mental Health Day Two thirds (66%) of young people who have seen or heard harmful words and negative stereotypes relating to mental health say it is simply part of everyday language, with ‘psycho’, ‘retard’ and ‘attention seeker’ being among the most commonly used words, new research…