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YMCA stories

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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Hayley’s story

Hayley has lived in a YMCA hostel for over two years and has found the weekly chaplaincy night has helped her to feel more at home.

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Amber’s story

Amber is working to turn her life around, having eventually recognised that she was being sexually exploited.  Here is Amber’s story in her own words.

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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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