Aug


7

Brendan Galloway becomes YMCA Brand Ambassador

We’re thrilled to announce we have signed Championship left back Brendan Galloway as our brand ambassador. Raised in Milton Keynes Brendan played for MK Dons, making his first team debut at 15 years old. He has since gone on to play for Everton in the Premier League, represent England at age levels U17, 18, 19…

Jul


28

Combating homelessness in Milton Keynes

According to a recent article in the Guardian, the number of young people (aged 20 to 34) who are living with their parents has risen over 6% from 1997 to 2017. That might not seem like much on paper, but the reality is that there are now 3.4 million people living at home. This article,…

Jun


9

MK is named the youth homelessness capital of the UK

Homelessness has become a major issue in Milton Keynes over the last few years. According to Vital Signs 2018, a report published by the MK Community Foundation, 1 in every 110 people in Milton Keynes are homeless, compared with 1 in every 206 in England. 1/3 of the homeless community in Milton Keynes are under…

May


13

YMCA releases an exclusive body confidence report

Today’s the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week.  With this year’s focus on body image, we’ve written an exclusive report, ‘The Curate Escape’. It investigates young people’s body confidence and their relationship with social media. Now more than ever, young people have to navigate a world that bombards them with messages about how they…

Apr


2

MK Chamber selects YMCA MK as Charity of the Year

YMCA Milton Keynes has been announced as Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce’s Charity of the Year 2019/20. YMCA MK is an independent charity and an approved social housing provider, providing accommodation and support services to young, homeless people. They help young people in Milton Keynes to belong, contribute and thrive by getting their lives back…

Mar


27

YMCA Sleep Easy 2019

50 brave and hardy souls slept rough outside intuMK on the 8th March to raise money for the new YMCA campus that will house 199 local young people from September. Armed with sleeping bags, pillows and as many items from their wardrobe as they could possibly get on, Team YMCA Sleep Easy kicked-off the night…

Jan


15

YMCA calls on MK community to join Sleep Easy 2019

YMCA Milton Keynes is calling on the MK community to come together and sleep rough for one night on Friday 8th March 2019 to support local young people, at risk of homelessness. The youth charity, which has worked in Milton Keynes for over 30 years and has helped over 10,000 local young people, is hosting…

Sep


22

Ground-breaking ceremony kicks off £19M development

A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week at YMCA MK. It marks the beginning of construction for a state-of-the-art building in CMK to provide housing, support and services to local young people. Attendees included Martin Petchey, Mayor of MK and Peter Marland, Leader of the Council. YMCA MK needs to raise £500K for its capital…

Apr


12

SleepEasy 2018 goes ahead – despite snow

Supporters and residents gathered at Y Base in Central Milton Keynes last Friday [16th March 2018] for SleepEasy, YMCA’s national campaign to highlight the issue of youth homelessness and raise funds to support the vital work of local YMCAs, despite forecasts for snow and temperatures plunging to -4C in the early hours of the morning….