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YMCA stories

Georgie’s story

Georgie moved into Crawley Foyer in October 2012, and has recently moved on into her own accommodation. YMCA help and support have enabled her to grow in independence.  She tells her story.

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Rachel’s story

Rachel, one of our Positive Placements mentors, says, “Some people volunteer to give something back, but for me the greatest reward is to be part of the process as a young person works to turn their life around.  When they are ready to move, that is when Positive Placements can be effective.”

 

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David’s story

David was working as a chef when a life changing injury at work turned everything upside down. His normal life quickly unravelled but the YMCA Empty Homes scheme has helped him get back on his feet.

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Sam’s story

Sam first encountered the YMCA when as a student she needed housing advice herself.  Later her volunteering experiences led to her working in a role where she now offers housing advice to young people!   Sam says, “I had such a brilliant experience volunteering that it gave me the motivation and confidence to move into my current paid role within YMCA DownsLink Group.”

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Gwen’s story

Life had taken a downturn for Gwen. Unable to cope with being bullied, she dropped out of university, and when her relationship broke up she had nowhere to live.  But thanks to the opportunities she found at her local YMCA she has started to rebuild her life and is making positive choices about the future.

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Alys’ story

Following a difficult time at home, Alys moved into a YMCA DLG hostel. From that point on she began to turn her life around.

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Em’s story

Em has being living at the YMCA for a couple of years. In that time she has made the most of the fresh opportunities offered to her to change her life for the better.

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Laura’s story

Through the Empty Homes programme we refurbish rental properties that have stood empty for some time, and manage the tenancy.  The landlord benefits from a refurbished property and new income, while young people, like Laura and her small son, find homes in the community that weren’t previously available to them.

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Carolanne’s story

2015 was an exceptional year for Carolanne, who overcame serious difficulties and made positive choices to change her future.

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Ben’s story

Ben’s life was chaotic from an early age.  But living at the YMCA brought stability and the opportunity to turn his life around.

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