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YMCA stories

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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Lucy’s story

Lucy was struggling with homelessness and other issues – Positive Placements is making a difference.

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Ameer’s story

Ameer came to the UK as an asylum seeker. His contact with YMCA started him on his journey towards building a new life.

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