YMCA believes in fairness and opportunity. There are essential building blocks for a full and rewarding life: a safe home; acceptance; guidance; friendship; physical and mental health; academic support; employment skills; and access to real opportunities. Many young people have never known these things; other people have lost one or more as they grew up, but we all need them. All of us. At YMCA, we provide these critical foundations for a fresh, strong start for young people and a better quality of life in the community.
YMCA MK is an independent charity and affiliate to YMCA England and Wales. We opened our doors in 1981 and have supported more than 10,000 people aged 18-35 through emergency accommodation and supported housing. We provide supported housing dedicated to young adults in Milton Keynes. In 2020, we moved into our new state-of-the-art campus. It provides a home for up to 242 young adults across three stages of accommodation. Our social enterprises – such as our café, HomeGround – offer work experience, training and employment opportunities for our residents and a revenue stream for us.
What do we do?
As well as a safe place to stay, we provide practical, emotional and employment support to help our residents belong, contribute and thrive. We do this within a psychologically informed environment. Our services consider the emotional and psychological needs of our residents, so they can develop strategies that will enable them to reach their full potential. YMCA MK offers far more than just a home for young people; we help our residents change their lives and face the future with confidence. It is an approach that sets YMCA MK apart.