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Be Real: The Curate Escape

Almost two-thirds of young people (61%) feel pressure to look their best online, according to new research from the Be Real Campaign. The alarming report has also revealed that more than two thirds (67%) regularly worry about the way they look.

Be Real: Great Expectations Research

A report written by YMCA England & Wales investigating the origins of the body image expectations and pressures experienced by young people.

WiSE Up To Boys & Young Men Research

A report commissioned by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner that concentrates on scoping the understanding and prevalence of the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

YMCA General Election Manifesto 2017

Inspired by young people, this document brings together more than 40 recommendations across our work areas to help put young people’s voices front and centre of the political debate.

New YMCA Federation Strategy for England & Wales

As set out in our own 2020 Vision, we believe that being part of, and playing an active role in the YMCA Federation is an important element of who we are as a local YMCA.

Work in Progress

The report was released ahead of the new Apprenticeship Levy that will require all UK employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million to pay a levy as part of the Government’s drive to create three million new Apprenticeships by 2020.

Somebody Like Me

Young people are facing increasing pressures relating to their appearance. While a focus on the importance of appearance in society is by no means a new phenomenon, many young people today are struggling to escape the constant barrage of messages they receive about how they should look and how they should behave.

#IAMWHOLE research report

A YMCA England report investigating the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Family Misfortunes

This report examines the available evidence and statistics on the factors and characteristics of families currently living in poverty within the UK.


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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