Memories of YMCA Black Country sought in build-up to 180th anniversary celebrations

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Community memories of the YMCA in the Black Country from the 1950s onwards are being sought ahead of the 180th anniversary celebrations of the charity for young people. We want to hear from people who joined community events in previous decades, used local services, lived in accommodation or worked for the charity so they can…

Hayley’s Story – YMCA Rugeley Housing

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Happy and laughing young woman

Stock photo used to protect identity. Hayley was referred to the YMCA in Rugeley when she was 17 years old. A relationship breakdown with family due to domestic violence left her homeless. Hayley was desperate for accommodation and was able to access one of our emergency bed spaces.  She arrived with her social worker in…

Higgs LLP Joins Forces with YMCA in Sleep Easy Fundraising Challenge

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4 members of Higgs LLP team smiling to camera wearing Sleep Easy hoodies holding a sign that reads "we're sleeping rough so others don't have to"

Higgs LLP is partnering with YMCA Black Country in support of our Sleep Easy event scheduled for Friday, March 8th. This collaborative effort aims to raise vital funds to address the root causes of youth homelessness and aid young individuals in their journey towards independence. On Friday 8th March, a dedicated team from Higgs LLP…

Youth Hub Launched at YMCA West Bromwich

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Sandwell Youth Hub workers smiling in a row looking at camera.

Department for Work and Pensions today launched their Sandwell Youth Hub, in partnership with Sandwell Council and YMCA Black Country Group at YMCA’s West Bromwich site in Carters Green. The Sandwell Youth Hub works with young people aged 18-24, who are referred by the Jobcentre to overcome barriers they may be facing that are preventing…

Alec’s Story – Wolverhampton Housing

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Young man in hard hat and safety goggles working on electrics outside.

My Name is Alec, I came to live at YMCA Wolverhampton Housing in 2018 at the age of 16, I am now 21. Before I moved into YMCA I lived with my family. My childhood was difficult, due to my chaotic family situation which eventually led to my mom and step-dad leaving me to start…