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#IAMWHOLE relaunches on World Mental Health day

On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, the NHS, YMCA and young people from around the world will come together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help.

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, World YMCA Secretary General, encouraged young people to get involved with the #IAMWHOLE campaign.
Through our #IAMWHOLE campaign we are providing young people with a platform to speak out on the biggest health issue affecting them right now. Our very own One Million Voices research found that more than a third of young […]

What’s happened since the launch of the ‘Changing Young Lives’ appeal?

You might be wondering how the ‘Changing Young Lives’ appeal has been progressing since our launch in May 2017. If you have not been following our appeal here’s what you need to know; fundraising events are being held at YMCA centres across Fylde, Wyre and Cumbria, the appeal aims to raise £100,000 of the £500,000 needed to begin building the School Facility at YMCA Lakeside. A complete transformation is envisioned for the centre and we need your help to achieve our vision.

We believe that by building a School facility the YMCA will be able to continue […]

‘Nicest Job in Britain’ – A week with YMCA

The Nicest Job in Britain is an initiative run by Utility Aid, an energy company to the third sector and corporate partner at YMCA England. At the end of 2014 the organisation set out to find itself a National Philanthropy Manager to spend time at a different charity every week for a year.
Luke Cameron, 26, who won a competition to take on the role, spent his 42nd week with YMCA, which included spending time with YMCA England and Y Care International, helping at YMCA Shops and visiting YMCA Burton, YMCA North Staffordshire and Southend YMCA.

You can read about […]

Uncertain Futures – Young People’s Views on Proposed Housing Benefit Cuts

The purpose of this research by YMCA England was to better understand the potential impact of withdrawing automatic Housing Benefit entitlement could have on young people.

The government recently set out its plans to introduce measures to tackle youth unemployment and dependency on the social security system, including proposals to remove automatic Housing Benefit entitlement for 18 to 21-year-olds who are out of work and claiming Universal Credit.

‘Uncertain Futures’ is a new report that seeks to challenge some of the assumptions underpinning the argument that many young people are choosing a life on benefits and draw out […]