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YMCA stories

Gary’s story

After years of struggling with poor mental health, Gary has been able to move forward with the support of his YMCA Positive Placements mentor.

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Ali’s story

Ali left Iran aged 15 because his life was threatened.  Living in a YMCA hostel helped him to adjust to a new life in the UK, and now his future is looking positive.

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Gerry’s story

After a chaotic few years Gerry found stability at the YMCA.  Now, with help from YMCA’s Life Change Fund he’s all set to take another big step forwards.

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Thea’s story

Thea was ready to move on from living in a YMCA hostel to take up a university place, but lack of funds stopped her from committing to it.  YMCA’s Life Change Fund opened the way for her.

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Andre’s story

With exams looming Andre was getting into trouble at school.  Counselling sessions with YMCA Dialogue enabled him to face up to his fears and develop plans for the future.

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Poppy’s story

Poppy didn’t realise she was being subjected to sexual exploitation.  Spending time with a WiSE worker opened her eyes to the reality of her situation.

 

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Susie’s story

Visiting YMCA DownsLink’s Youth Advice Centre (YAC) in Brighton was a good decision for Susie who had been sofa surfing after being asked to leave the family home.

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Louise’s story

Louise, one of our Positive Placement mentors says, “The chance to help shape a young person’s future is an incredible honour and I am grateful to the YMCA for giving me the chance.”

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Charlie’s story

The relationship between Charlie and his mother was under huge strain but a referral to the YMCA Family Mediation service gave them space to resolve things.

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Caleb’s story

Some emotional issues made life difficult for Caleb, aged 8.  A Dialogue school counsellor was able to help him talk things through in a safe place.

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