Scott holds ball outside youth club

Scott’s story

Scott, 14 years old, attends a YMCA run open access youth club on Mondays and Thursdays. Gang crime is very prevalent in the area in which Scott lives in and…

Alan outside YMCA Hayes

Alan’s story

Alan is 28 years old and is a youth worker at YMCA Hayes. Alan arrived to the UK from South Africa (Alan is originally from Zimbabwe) as a refugee and…

Taybah at youth club

Taybah’s story

Taybah is 16 years old, has just started studies at her local college and attends YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire’s Foleshill Girls Open Access Provision. Before Taybah attended any sort of…

Kieron with Tyne bridge in background

Kieron’s story

Kieron has experienced stress, depression and anxiety since hitting his teenage years. As part of #IAMWHOLE, Kieron shares his experience to raise awareness of mental health stigma, in his own…

Lewis’ story

“Being on the street is scary, very scary. When I was about 14 years old, I used to suffer with major anxiety because of bullying in school, I could not go…

Rachel’s story

“Before I went to YMCA, I was beyond depressed. Both my parents abused me as a child – psychological, physical, sexual abuse.” Rachel’s story is featured as part of our…

Chelsea’s story

Chelsea was sexually abused by a family member when she was just six years old. This horrific trauma was at the root of her multiple and undiagnosed mental health difficulties;…

Ray

Ray’s story

This time last year, after the relationship with his family broke down, Ray found himself homeless. He wanted nothing more for Christmas, than to have a roof over his head,…