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The National Council of YMCAs in England and Wales. We transform communities so all young people truly belong, contribute and thrive.
The National Council of YMCAs in England and Wales. We transform communities so all young people truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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Rough sleeping across Britain is predicted to jump by 76% over the next decade, a new forecast has warned. Responding to the findings, our Denise Hatton, said: “It’s no secret that a lack of housebuilding, high rents and increased deposit demands have put vulnerable young people at greater risk of homelessness, yet it’s important that any financial investment into tackling the homelessness crisis addresses the issues that caused young people to sleep rough or be homeless in the first place." Read her response in full.
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Our video campaign to encourage young people to vote was filmed with YMCA Youth Ambassadors from across the country. Youth Ambassadors are young people aged 18 to 30 years old who represent our organisation nationally and internationally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTFt5PnB95k
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Only 43% of young people voted in the last election, the lowest of any age group. Our message is simple: register and, on Thursday 8 June, take to the polls and vote. Your voices need to be heard by the next Government. Watch our new video and find out more: http://bit.ly/ymcavote
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Today we've launched our nationwide manifesto to put the voices of young people at the heart of this year’s General Election debate. Find out what young people say should change to help them make the best start in life and share our recommendations with your political candidates today. Together, we can make a difference. http://bit.ly/ymanifest17 #YMCAmanifesto
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"Supporting other young people helps me to manage my mental health difficulties"

Toni, 25, is a LGBT Leader and Mental Health Champion at YMCA Bolton. She was 19 years old when she was diagnosed with depression. "I learnt that talking is an important part of dealing with mental health difficulties."

Read her story as we highlight our work and the stories from YMCA during Mental Health Awareness Week. http://bit.ly/2ph2Q9i
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This is why we welcomed yesterday's MPs' inquiry report into the future funding of supported housing: http://bit.ly/2px8QaO
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Our CEO, Denise Hatton, calls on political parties to committ to helping every young person who finds themself homeless, following news that the Homelessness Reduction Bill has been granted Royal Assent: http://bit.ly/2plNrBo
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YMCA's latest research project, #WorkinProgress, is out today with almost four in five young people telling us they got a job after completing their apprenticeship. But despite this - and despite 80% saying they would recommend apprenticeships to others - YMCA says much more needs to be done to improve the perception of apprenticeships among schools and teachers to help make them work for more young people: http://bit.ly/ymca-WIP
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"Successive Governments have quite rightly identified youth unemployment as a key policy area yet, despite a consistent rhetoric, we are still seeing young people let down and left behind."

YMCA responds to Government report into youth unemployment http://bit.ly/2nMbwCF
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Hundreds of YMCA supporters from as far afield as Exeter, Somerset, Cambridge and Doncaster raised more than £130,000 in aid of the world’s largest youth charity at this year’s National YMCA Sleep Easy Week, with donations still coming in.


The intrepid fundraisers, who were supporting 16 different YMCAs from all over the country, each slept rough for one night in specially-coordinated events to raise cash for YMCA and also awareness of the hundreds of young people who sleep rough every year in England. http://bit.ly/2nPXlNI
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