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YMCA stories

Tina’s story

Tina found the support she received from YMCA WiSE invaluable following a difficult period in her life when she had been groomed by two older men.

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Kara’s story

At 13 Kara was referred to YMCA Dialogue counselling by her Head of Year.  Changes in her behaviour at school were causing concern, with no clear way of finding resolution.  A period of counselling within school was able to help Kara identify and express her feelings, and let some light in to a dark period in her life.

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Lihle’s story

Lihle was struggling to meet the cost of travel to college. Thanks to YMCA funds from Artist Open House 2017, she was able to continue her course without interruption until her bursary came through.

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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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