For those of you who don’t know much about who we are or what we do, I thought I’d address this in our first post!
So… First things first… Who are we!??
The YMCA was founded in 1844 by Sir George Williams. It is the largest and the oldest Youth Charity in the world and currently helps approximately 58 million people across 119 countries. Across England and Wales there are 133 local YMCAs who work independently to support young people to belong, contribute and thrive in their communities.
At Milton Keynes YMCA, we create a sense of belonging and believe in peoples’ potential, even when they don’t believe in themselves.
A lot of the core values we hold at the YMCA are rooted in Christianity. Whilst many people who work or volunteer for the YMCA share a strong Christian faith, our ethos also warmly welcomes people of all faiths (or no faith) to participate in YMCA activities, to volunteer for the YMCA, or to seek employment with the YMCA.
What do we do?
At Milton Keynes YMCA we offer a range of accommodation and support services for young adults aged between 18-35. We currently have a 3 tiered process available to anyone within these ages who are experiencing homelessness.
We provide our residents with activities to help progress them spiritually, mentally and physically such as cooking classes, free gym membership and gardening. We also provide a resident incentive scheme within which there are activities targeted toward helping the residents to develop independent living skills, well-being and employability.
All residents have a dedicated key worker who will work with them to help them reach their individualised goals and full potential.
Exciting things are happening here at Milton Keynes YMCA!
Here are a few snippets of news for you to give you a taste of whats to come!…
- Most of you will already have heard this – but those that haven’t… The planning permission for the redevelopment of our current premises for a purpose built YMCA in early 2018 has been submitted!! This is fantastic news and is something we’ve been eagerly awaiting! You can read more about this on our website under the section ‘New Campus’.
- Some of our residents recently attended the Youth Matters Awards 2016 (YMCA’s national youth awards scheme for young people) and have been so inspired from some of the stories they heard from other YMCA’s around the country they are now currently busy making plans to help those in need around the Milton Keynes area. Check out one of our next blog pieces which will be entirely focused on this topic.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the YMCA then contact us today!