Gary's story

Read how after years of struggling with poor mental health, Gary has been able to move forward with the support of his YMCA Positive Placements mentor.

Ali's story

Ali left Iran aged 15 because his life was threatened. Read how living in a YMCA hostel helped him to adjust to a new life in the UK, and how his future is now looking positive.

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.

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.

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.

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 was stopping her. Read how YMCA’s Life Change Fund opened the way.

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 this chance.”

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.

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.