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YMCA stories

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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Nathan’s story

When Nathan moved into a YMCA hostel he was at a very low point.  But he was encouraged to volunteer, which has led to some surprising rewards.

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Jenny’s story

Jenny went through a difficult time for several years, but working with a mentor through Positive Placements made all the difference.

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Emily’s story

Emily says, “Volunteering is a great way to make a positive difference. I would really encourage anyone who is passionate about mental health and young people to consider volunteering for YMCA Right Here! It’s an amazing opportunity to make change, meet friends, and gain skills.”

 

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Mark’s story

Mark volunteers as an Honorary Counsellor with YMCA DLG, working one day a week as part of a counselling team.  He says, “When I was young I had strong mentors and adults I could relate to for advice and emotional support. I want to offer this to another generation.”

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