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Before coming arriving at YMCA MK, life was very challenging for David. He was recently unemployed, homeless and unable to rely on his family for support.

David was encouraged to join our Activity Programme to help him settle in and meet other people. Participating in activities in our Residents’ Lounge is a good place for young people to socialise, as well as get some support if needed. The regular sessions gave structure to David’s day and helped him to regain a regular sleep pattern, which was something he struggled with.

David is very creative and attended as many sessions as he could, taking part in printing, clay modelling, sewing and exercise. Over time, David could see his confidence and self-esteem improve, and he was also building friendships.

With the support of his Keyworker, David wanted to improve his finances. Before arriving at YMCA MK, he had a few contracts that he had signed up to. We were able to help cancel and renegotiate better deals that were more manageable for David.

Once David felt stable and had settled into life at YMCA MK, he was then able to focus on his long-term goal of going to university to study computing. First, he looked into the entry requirements needed and gained the necessary qualifications to ensure he had enough entry points. He then applied and was accepted onto a university course, which he hopes will be the start of a new and exciting chapter.