Y Act Campaign - YMCA DownsLink Group
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Give a home and hope to young people in crisis this winter.

Christmas is a time for family but for the young people we help, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Abuse, violence, and poverty are just a few reasons that push families to breaking point, and young people onto the streets. Our mission is to transform young lives. With your help, we can.

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Donate to help prevent youth homelessness

Today, 20% of all homeless people are aged between 16 and 24. Not one chose this life. Donate to help young people facing homelessness this winter.

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£10 could keep a young person safe

Demand for our housing support has increased by 37% since 2020. Donate and help us provide emergency accommodation to move a young person from crisis.

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£25 could improve emotional wellbeing

Around 68% of young people living in our supported accommodation suffer from mental health difficulties. Donate to help provide crucial support to those in need.

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£50 could provide vital life skills

79% of the young people living with us, move on positively. We help them to develop the skills to learn, work and to live independently. Donate to help one young person get back on track.

Change a life today

We believe that with the right support, tools, and care, young people can reach their full potential. Donate today so those like Mapalo can have a brighter tomorrow.

Mapalo's story

At 19, student Mapalo Bray faced homelessness, until we stepped in. Your gifts help people like Mapalo turn their life around, and to build a more positive future.

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Read more about our inspirational young people

We provide a home, support, and care to over 10,000 vulnerable, young people a year. We help them develop the skills they need to live independently, to thrive. By supporting us, you can too.

Kai's Story

Kai’s story

After years of struggling with poor mental health, Kai moved into our 24-hour supported accomodation and finally began to get the help he needed.
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Archie’s story

After a chaotic few years Archie found stability at the YMCA. Now, with help from YMCA’s Life Change Fund he’s all set to take another big step forwards.
Becky's Story

Becky’s story

Becky is 19 and left home after her Dad’s drinking became too much for her to cope with. Her mum died when she was 10 and her Dad turned to alcohol to deal with his grief. She moved in with her boyfriend at 17 as a way to get away from her Dad, but when that didn’t work out she found herself facing homelessness.
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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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