Mar


5

Talent Match Celebrates success!

Upon joining Talent Match, Darrel was paired with his new mentor, Jay. Jay was able to help Darrel get straight onto a Customer Service Course, completing his Retail Level One and Two with the IMS Pilot Scheme. Further trying to develop Darrel’s skills for employment, Darrel and Jay worked together to get him onto an…

Dec


2

The George Williams Award

Walsall Housing staff have been developing a programme called ‘The George Williams Award’ for residents to participate in during their time at Green Lane.  The programme enables the young people to develop their skills, and be ready to move on into independence. The workbook includes fun group sessions (when not in lockdown) such as; How…

Sep


15

Saba’s Story

Saba Yafi felt compelled to pen her thoughts on how wonderful the YMCA nursery staff have been during this lockdown. Both her husband and Saba are frontline key workers. In addition to this, Saba’s parents are elderly with numerous co-morbidities which means that they are unable to provide help with childcare at this time. Saba…

Sep


12

Luke’s Story

Luke is one of the young people accessing YMCA Talent Match programme in Dudley.  This is his account of his journey, especially during COVID-19.  “I would just like to say, my journey with Black Country Talent Match has been absolutely fantastic. From start to finish they have backed up with the support and encouragement, to…

Jun


19

Dal’s Story

I have been a Supported Lodgings Host for nearly one month and this is my first placement.  It’s an exciting day today as David, the young person who has been living with me, will be introducing me to his girlfriend and he is cooking dinner for us all. Before I had a young person on…

Jun


19

Barbara’s Story

Barbara has been a Host for nearly 2 years now.  Having raised her own sons, it was a new experience for her having a female young person coming to live in her home.  Here is her story.

Jun


19

Pam’s Story

Pam has had Ryan living with her for just over 6 months.  During the COVID-19, lockdown, as a household they have used the time to do lots of activities together.

Jun


19

Rose’s Story

The YMCA places young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  This occasionally includes young people who come to the UK as refugees and asylum seekers.  Rose has had Abubakr, (from Sudan) living with her for 2 years now.  She has provided a caring environment where Abu has been able to grow and flourish.  They get…

Jun


19

Clare and Graham’s Story

During the COVID-19 lockdown, there have been some lovely accounts from our Supported Lodgings Hosts explaining how through opening up their homes, they have been making the difference in the lives of young people.

Jun


19

Naima’s Story

Read Naima’s account of how YMCA helped her as a teenager, experiencing family breakdown, and now as a YMCA Supported Lodgings Host.  She is also helping others.

Oct


20

UNIFY Highlights Europe Youth Leadership

This Summer I had the opportunity to attend the Youth Unify leadership camp in Romania. It was at the camp I had the opportunity to meet with other young leaders and delegates from across YMCA in Europe.

Apr


20

Why Volunteer? The Glebe Centre

The Glebe Centre, Walsall is an incredible provision for the homeless community and supports people with issues around substance misuse, homelessness, mental health and unemployment. It is run by Jane and a tireless team of volunteers. We caught up with Karen, one of the Glebe’s amazing volunteers!

Dec


7

Young People’s Awards Ceremony

YMCA Black Country’s Supported Lodgings will be holding its first Young People’s Awards Ceremony at Wolverhampton Council Chambers on Wednesday 7 December. Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Wolverhampton to Young People from Supported Lodgings for outstanding achievement. Clifford Harding, winner of the Pride of Britain Award in 2013, will be the guest…

Aug


15

Loving life with the YMCA

YMCA Black Country Group has had a fantastic representation at YMCA Europe Festival in Prague this month. The theme of this year’s festival was “Love to Live”; it is an opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and celebrate their love for life, meeting new people from all walks of life.