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.

Jack's Story

Jack’s story

Jack came out as gay when he was 15. His family struggled to accept it and it caused tension and arguments at home. The situation came to a head when Jack was 16. After a huge row his Dad threw him out.
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Temesgen’s story

At just 16, Temesgen had to leave his family in Ethiopia and start a new life in the UK. He was given a home with us and received support to learn English, take part in volunteering and join in with YMCA activities.
Nathan's Story

Nathan’s story

Nathan was struggling with his family relationships and mental health after coming out to his family at 15. Our Youth Advice Service found him specialist help.
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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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