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Millie and Eammon

Ex-resident Millie is giving back this Christmas

Our former residents Millie has been rallying together her local community to collect donations for young people living in our supported accommodation this Christmas.
A collage of faces of the young people whose stories we have shared this year

Looking back at our young people’s stories from 2023

As 2023 is slowly coming to an end, we've pulled together a compilation of young people's stories from across the year to show the difference we can make.
Roundtable event hosted by YMCA DownsLink Group

Roundtable event brings sector together

Delivering and measuring positive outcomes for children and young people was the subject of our first Roundtable discussion event on Monday 27 November.
Youth Matters Awards 2023, the whole of the YMCA DownsLink Group team smiling with their fists in the air holding a colourful 'Youth Matters' sign

Youth Matters Awards 2023: celebrating young people

We were truly inspired at the national YMCA Youth Matters Awards on Friday evening. We were delighted to be joined by our three young finalists, as well as some of our staff members, partners and supporters.
myth busting: young man wearing black coat and winter hat sat on a wooden bench

Myth busting: 5 common homelessness myths

There are lots of myths surrounding youth homelessness. In this blog, we explore some of the most common ones.
Mapalo before and after image. Before, she is stood in a tunnel looking sad. After, she is smiling in her nursing scrubs at university

YMCA DownsLink Group Christmas Appeal 2023 goes live

Do you remember Mapalo? Last Christmas she was living in our supported accommodation after being made homeless at 18. Read Mapalo's update about how she is getting on now at university.
Two new bikes and helmets in the garden leaning against a brick wall

Brand new bikes for residents

Earlier this month, we were delighted to receive a generous donation of 16 brand new bikes to be shared amongst our residents.
Black History Month 2023 recommendations

Black History Month: recommendations

As part of Black History Month, our former resident Emily has sent in a brilliant list of her personal recommendations for famous black women who have inspired her over the years.

YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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