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Will Clinic 7th November

On Tuesday 7th November 2017, we will be holding our first ever Will Clinic at YMCA Manchester

Forming an integral part of our new YMCA Legacy campaign, we have partnered with Sharp Cross & Mann Solicitors who have agreed to kindly waive their usual fees and donate their time and expertise to support the event.


If you are interested in taking part then simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Please contact our legacies team via info@ymcamanchester.org.uk or call 0161 837 3515 to make your appointment.


  1. Appointments will last 30 minutes, during which you can discuss your situation with the solicitor who will draft your will accordingly


  1. Consider Leaving a legacy


Gifts in Wills known as legacies are a vital source of funding for YMCA Manchester. These gifts help our Youth and Community Team provide health and wellbeing opportunities and inclusive accredited training and education for vulnerable young people locally. There is no obligation to leave a gift to YMCA Manchester in your will but if you would like to then Sharp Cross & Mann can help.


  1. Make a donation if you wish to do so

Finally, at the end of your appointment the solicitor will give you a YMCA Manchester Supporter envelope.  This is your opportunity to directly impact our work by making a donation of your choice.


We look forward to welcoming you on the 7th November


Thank you for your support

YMCA Manchester


#IAMWHOLE 2017 is here!

Our #IAMWHOLE campaign with the NHS is changing the conversation around mental health because more than 4 in 5 young people have heard negative language and stereotypes – and it’s stopping them from speaking out and seeking help.


Get ready for #IAMWHOLE 2017!

On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, the NHS, YMCA and young people from around the world will come together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help.

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, World YMCA Secretary General, encouraged young people to get involved with the #IAMWHOLE campaign.

“Through our #IAMWHOLE campaign we are providing young people with a platform to speak out on the biggest health issue affecting them right now. Our very own One Million Voices research found that more than a third of young people are lacking the information they want and need on mental health.”

Poor mental health is costing more and more children and young people their education, their employment prospects and, without action, it is costing them their lives.

Help the NHS and YMCA make an impact in challenging the harmful language surrounding mental health.

You can prepare for World Mental Health Day in a number of ways:

  1. Sign up to the #IAMWHOLE Thunderclap campaign that will send out a single united message speaking out against mental health stigma on World Mental Health Day. (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62192-iamwhole-2017)
  2. On the day, Tuesday 10 October, post an #IAMWHOLE selfie (see below).
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  1. Take part in our creative arts competition. Paint a self-portrait, write a poem, record a song or produce something creative that expresses an emotion, i.e. smiling, laughing, crying, sadness, etc.


The competition will launch on Tuesday 10 October and submissions should be received no later than Friday 20 October by either emailing iamwhole@ymca.org.uk or posting to: IAMWHOLE competition, YMCA England & Wales, 10-11 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6EH. Submissions will be featured online and the winner will receive £100 (€100) vouchers. Full T&Cs can be found at www.ymca.org.uk/competitions.

How to take the #IAMWHOLE selfie

  1. Picking a thick coloured pen that you feel reflects your current feelings or state of mind.
  2. Draw the #IAMWHOLE circle on your left hand and hold it up to the camera, just like Ed Sheeran/[LOCAL CEO NAME/YOUNG PERSON. [EMBED ED SHEERAN/CEO/YOUNG PERSON PHOTO BELOW]
  3. Take a landscape photo and post it on Tuesday 10 October accompanied by some words about why you are supporting #IAMWHOLE, for example, “I’m speaking out against harmful language around mental health with the NHS/YMCA. Together, we are whole. #IAMWHOLE”


Will Week is coming

As part of our supporter engagement journey, we are partnering with a local law firm to plan the relaunch of our Legacy and Individual Giving department.

As part of these developments we intend to hold a Free Will event for YClub members in the autumn (Dependent on numbers, Date TBC)

If this is something you feel is of interest then please get in touch: info@ymcamanchester.org.uk


YMCA Manchester will also be joining online conversations as part of ‘Remember a charity in your will week’ on 11th – 17th September

If you are an old or new member with a particularly strong affiliation to YMCA Manchester, then we would love you to get involved. #Haveyoursay


Mental Health Champions starts this week

We are extremely excited to visit Salford City Academy on Friday to launch our Mental Health Champions initiative.

YMCA Mental Health Champions is a comprehensive programme that aims to improve the mental health of young people aged 11 – 21.

This new programme offers three key services: Peer support programme in schools and the community Key adult education and awareness workshops and a Counselling service.

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By using three interconnected strands, the project helps to raise awareness and destigmatise mental health issues, offers a fully quality assured counselling service and improves the knowledge and support that key adults, including teachers and parents, can offer the young people they work with.


Peer Support

Our peer support element recruits, supports and trains young volunteers to become mental health champions. Our champions have access to six developed workshops, each focusing on different areas of mental health, increasing awareness, removing stigma and advising on easy to use coping strategies.

Key Adults

The programme offers four workshops to help key adults support the young people they come in to contact with. The workshops deal with topics such as anger, anxiety, depression and self-harm, offering practical advice on how they can begin the conversation with young people and also how their actions can help have a positive impact.


We recognise that peer support services should be offered as well as and not instead of professional services. We also know that it can be very difficult to access publicly funded counselling services and so Mental Health Champions offers a counselling service to those young people who need additional help but do not meet the referral criteria for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.



Would your business like to partner YMCA Manchester?

YMCA Manchester is pleased to announce the launch of its Charity of the Year 2017 initiative, and we are looking to develop bespoke mutually beneficial relationships with forward thinking organisations.

Do you represent an ambitious and community minded local business that is looking to develop a link with a well established local charity? If so we would love to talk to you.

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Have a look at our new brochure below:

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To submit expressions of interest or to request further information please email: info@ymcamanchester.org.uk



Are you a young adult carer? We’ve got opportunities for you!

YMCA Manchester deliver free support and development programmes for Salford residents (aged 16-24) who care for someone with an illness, disability, mental ill health or substance misuse issue.

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If you’d like to develop your skills to:

  • Support a return to education or to access training
  • Increase your chances of employment
  • Or would simply like to improve your own interpersonal and personal development skills

Our project includes support programmes relating to:

Personal & Social Development

  • Self-awareness
  • Social skills
  • Confidence building
  • Goal setting

Employability Skills

  • CV workshop
  • Job search skills
  • Interview skills
  • Work placement opportunities

Please contact us for more information on

0161 837 3515

or email





Firewalk fun marks a successful start to our 2017 challenge events calendar

YMCA Manchester is celebrating a successful Firewalk event that saw 33 brave souls walk barefoot across 20 feet of red hot embers to support young people across Manchester and Salford.

YMCA Manchester Chief Executive, Mike Gandy, said: “Our inaugural Firewalk has been a huge success. Witnessing first-hand the commitment and energy of staff, volunteers and participants who rallied for the YMCA Manchester cause has been nothing short of inspiring.”

“Walking on embers burning at 1236 degrees Fahrenheit is no mean feat, so thank you to everyone who got involved. The money raised will all be spent on developing our Youth and Community projects which make a real difference to the lives of young people from all over Manchester and Salford.”

YMCA Manchester celebrated its 170th birthday last year and we are proud to offer holistic services that support young people in the area. The firewalk is just one of a number of brilliant fundraising events we have on offer designed to raise awareness of our work. Further details can be found on our events page.




On Tuesday 28th February we took five young people (three young women from Moorside High school and two young men from Oakwood Academy) involved in our YMCA Manchester Training and Education programmes to the House of Commons to discuss body image anxiety with 100 other young people and MPs at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs.

Social media, celebrity culture and peer pressure were some of the concerns about body image raised by young people and many bravely shared their personal experiences and suggestions on what needs to change.


None of the young people had ever been to London, some had never been on a train before so they were thrilled to be able to visit the Houses of Parliament and see other sites such as Buckingham Palace and Downing Street.

All the young people involved really enjoyed the experience and it will hopefully inspire them speak out on issues that affect their lives in the future, and help them to find confidence in their own voices.


Could you be a Volunteer Mentor?

Our Inspiring Futures project which works to support Young Carers in Salford is seeking volunteer mentors from the local community. vol1

Do you have a few hours per month to spare, and the right skills to act as a positive role model for a young carer? If so we would love to talk to you.

Send us your CV today