YMCA partners with Gone for Good #CharityVan app

YMCA is hoping to transform the way people donate their items to our charity shops with a new partnership with Gone for Good. Gone for Good is a free app that connects charities with businesses and the public, so that unwanted items are donated to good causes instead of being thrown away. Since its creation…

YMCA launches global event initiative for 175th anniversary year

YMCA Europe and hosts YMCA England & Wales, in partnership with the World Alliance of YMCAs and YMCA of the USA, today announce a shared global initiative. In 2019, YMCA’s landmark 175th anniversary year, YMCA will return to London – it’s founding city – and create a global opportunity to celebrate and harness the energy, creative…

YMCA’s #IAMWHOLE to launch Music 4 Mental Health

YMCA’s award-winning mental health campaign #IAMWHOLE today launched Music 4 Mental Health, a ground-breaking new initiative bringing together incredible individuals, influential communities and the most prolific names in British music, for an unforgettable fundraising concert at London’s renowned Roundhouse on 18th November 2018. Music 4 Mental Health aims to use the power of music to…

YMCA responds to Social Housing Green Paper

The Government today published its Social Housing Green Paper, aiming to rebalance the relationship between landlords and residents, tackle stigma and ensure social housing can act as a stable base and support social mobility. Denise Hatton, YMCA England & Wales Chief Executive, said: “Home building has been neglected by successive governments for far too long and…

YMCA responds to new Government homelessness funding

The Government has announced £100m to tackle homelessness and eradicate rough sleeping in England by 2027. The Rough Sleeping Strategy will focus on preventing people from becoming homeless by offering a range of support, including for mental health and addictions. Responding to the announcement, YMCA Chief Executive Denise Hatton said: “For too long rough sleeping has…

YMCA responds to supported housing funding announcement

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing, the Government has announced today. Last year the Government consulted on possible new ways of funding supported housing. These models included grant funding for short-term provision. Under the grant model, councils would have received funding and paid short-term supported housing rents…

Youth Matters Awards: Choose your champion today

Now is the time YMCA’s Youth Matters Awards really starts to heat up! The next exciting stage of the process is in full swing with online voting now open! This means you get to help decide who takes home each of the coveted awards. Make sure you cast your all-important vote before midnight on Wednesday 22 August.

YMCA responds to councils call for NCS funding for youth services

The Local Government Association (LGA) today has said that funding for the National Citizen Service (NCS), a four-week summer scheme for 15 to 17-year-olds, should be given to local councils to fund youth work services after it revealed only 12% of eligible teens took part in NCS in 2016. Responding to the LGA’s calls, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive…

Youth Matters semi finalists announced

After months of nominations and weeks of deliberation, the judges have shortlisted semi-finalists from a record number of nominations for the prestigious Youth Matters Awards ceremony, ahead of a public vote due to open in August.   The judging panel, made up of YMCA leaders, YMCA youth ambassadors and professionals from across various sectors, whittled…

Young people face great expectations to look perfect

People across the country have been urged to show their real-selves this summer after new figures reveal that celebrities and people on social media put the most pressure on young people to look ‘perfect’. We spoke to more than 1,000 young people aged 11 to 16 years-old about body image expectations, with 58% of those…

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,…