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‘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.

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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 […]

BLOG – BOXER RAISES ASPIRATIONS AT LANCASHIRE SPORTIVATE PROJECT!

Stacey Copeland, GB boxing star, is one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions, she regularly supports Sport England’s Sportivate programme. Stacey recently visited YMCA Lancaster’s Sportivate programme. Here is her story:

“My recent visit to the YMCA in Lancaster was a real pleasure. Buried in the heart of the town centre, the YMCA is home to an array of projects and initiatives which engage young people from all walks of life, and from the moment I walked in I could sense the energy and enthusiasm in the air!
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YMCA RECEIVE BIG LOTTERY GRANT TO DEVELOP YOUTH OUTREACH PROJECT

Fantastic news for the YMCA, we have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to create a new outreach programme called Y:Youth.
We will receive a total of £248,126 over 3 years to develop the project which is aimed at improving the physical, emotional and social well-being of children and young people living in identified communities in the Lancaster district.
The Y:Youth project team will work closely with partner organisations to deliver a tailored, creative programme of outreach activities including sport, physical activity, creative arts, media and music.   In addition the […]