Creating transformational communities
YMCA is the largest and the oldest charity working with young people in the world. Across England there are 114 YMCAs with a further 19 operating in Wales. Each one is a thriving and active community. A community that is transforming lives. We focus on young people and help them play an active and fulfilling role within their communities. We call this a youth minded community approach.
YMCA Milton Keynes was established as a charity in Central Milton Keynes in 1980 and in that time we estimate that we have helped 10,000 young adults.
We provide accommodation and support to approximately 500 homeless and formerly homeless young adults through our emergency hostel and 123 flats per year.
We seek to take young adults who are homeless and unemployed and to work with them until they have a healthy sense of wellbeing and are in suitable accommodation and employment and have developed the skills to sustain both.
Many of our clients are socially excluded at the point they come to us and as well as homelessness are also facing issues such as unemployment, low self-esteem, confidence and motivation levels, substance misuse, depress, anxiety, anger management and other mental health conditions, often trauma related.