Youth Hub Launched at YMCA West Bromwich

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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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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…

Poppy’s Story – Moving Forward Fund

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Name and photo changed to protect identity. Poppy had previously lived with a partner and had their own tenancy but after a break up, Poppy found herself in a lot of debt, as all of the bills had been in her name. She saw coming to YMCA as a backward step initially and was reluctant…

Az’s Story – YMCA Mentoring

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Az initially sought support from the YMCA following a stroke and subsequent rehabilitation at West Park Hospital. Upon referral, AZ articulated her need for assistance in employment seeking and confidence-building, addressing her struggles with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. She also disclosed the challenges stemming from an abusive past relationship, including family exclusion, fertility issues,…

YMCA’s Curiosity Approach to Christmas Crafts

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  Written by Mel Braden, Executive Head of Nurseries & Quality Here at YMCA Black Country Group we all absolutely loves Christmas. I’m worse than the children when it comes to getting excited. However, just because it’s the festive season that doesn’t mean we forget our child-led principles. Child-led learning is when a child is offered…

Zanko’s Story

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Zanko arrived in the UK after fleeing from Iran in 2021 at the age of 16. Due to his age he was picked up by Children’s Services and placed with a foster family where he thrived and became part of the family, speaking very little English, Zanko was enrolled on an ESOL course. When Zanko…