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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:

Download (PDF, 434KB)

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


Be Real launches body confidence research and schools toolkit

YMCA Manchester are proud to support the launch of the Be Real Campaign

The Be Real Campaign is a national movement made up of individuals, businesses, charities and public bodies.

The Be Real Campaign focuses on three aImage be real1reas in which it strives to bring about real change:

  • Real Education: We want to give children and young people a body confident start to life
  • Real Health: We want healthy living and general wellbeing to be prioritised over just appearance and weight
  • Real Diversity: We want the advertising, fashion, music and media industries to positively reflect what we really look like.


To view research behind the campaign and learn about our toolkit which helps schools tackle low body confidence in the classroom, please visit:




YMCA Manchester celebrates successful charity partnership

YMCA Manchester is celebrating a successful fundraising partnership with Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd (AEC) that has seen almost £10,000 raised to support young people across Manchester and Salford.

The YMCA Manchester Youth and Community team which supports young people in the area with a holistic support service, first joined forces with AEC in 2015, and over the course of 18 months the corporate partnership led to a number of brilliant fundraising activities and events.

Highlights of the partnership included 5 AEC employees tackling the inaugural YMCA Tour de Y cycle challenge which took place over 4 daycheque2s and involved a 360 mile trek from the Lake district to London, AEC cyclist James Arkwright described the event as “a hugely rewarding and gratifying experience!”

YMCA Manchester Youth and Community Manager, Sarah Axford, states: “Our partnership with AEC has been nothing short of a huge success.

“We have loved every minute of working with them, so thank you to everyone involved. The money raised will all be spent on developing our Inspiring Futures project to make a real difference to the lives of young carers across Manchester and Salford.”

Partnership Development Manager John Boardman adds “we hope the success of our AEC Corporate partnership highlights to other local business’ the mutual benefits and unique and rewarding experiences on offer by choosing to work alongside YMCA Manchester.

AEC is just the start and we will be circulating our new Corporate Partnership pack in the New Year.”

To find out more about what the YMCA does to help in your community, visit: www.ymcamanchester.org.uk


Youth and Community team information sessions

Manchester it’s been 170 years, join us for a catch up…

If you train in our gym, swim in our pool or stay in our hotel, you may not realise it but you are part of something truly unique, a movement that values not only the individual but the community, providing inclusive, holistic health and positive social change.

Our Youth and Community team will be holding two information sessions for members and new members, who wish to learn more about how they fit into the invaluable work of our historic Manchester YMCA family.



We want you ALL to know how your membership contributes towards our local community projects, which support the vulnerable, and marginalised across Manchester and Salford.

We will answer any questions, provide details of our Volunteering opportunities, Challenge Events, Alumni plans, and our Corporate Social Responsibility scheme for local business supporters. Most importantly we want to share our mission and illustrate exactly how we make a difference in your local community.

Dates: 14th December 2016 (10am-11am), 20th December (18:30-19:30)

Venue: Castlfield Hotel, Bridgewater Suite

Thank you

YMCA Manchester

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Youth and Community team