YMCA Dialogue win at YMCA Youth Matters Awards!


It was a night of celebration for YMCA Dialogue Wellbeing Service as they scooped up the award for best Health & Wellbeing Project at YMCA’s annual Youth Matters Awards. The award was given for its innovative response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people aged four to 25 in Brighton and Hove. It offers a joined-up approach to mental health services, providing a wide variety of treatment options to suit a broad range of children and young people.

The service offers a range of support options for mental health difficulties such as low mood, stress, anxiety and depression, including counselling, canine assisted therapy, play and dramatherapy, CBT, emotional wellbeing early interventions, e-wellbeing (YMCA Dialogue’s new online counselling platform) and an outreach and engagement service for hard to reach young people with mental health difficulties, Mind The Gap.

Cat Pritchard, Wellbeing and Therapeutic Services Manager at YMCA Dialogue, says: “We are so thrilled to receive a Youth Matters award. It has been a challenging 18 months setting up a new service, but it’s testament to the passion, commitment and expertise of all of the staff within our service that we are celebrating how far we’ve come. We are all immensely proud to be part of the Wellbeing Service and YMCA DownsLink Group and are looking forward to another 18 months of building and creating new, innovative areas of the service.”

Pictured (left to right): Peter Cowley (Spirit Media), Rose Allett, Tom Bostock, Cat Pritchard, Miquita Oliver (Awards MC), Andrew Cummings, Kate Watts

YMCA Youth Matters Awards is an annual awards event, which celebrates the achievements of young people, staff and volunteers. This year’s award ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Miquita Oliver.





Check out some highlights from the night in the video below:


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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