YMCA Birmingham resident, Gabriel Imevbore has won the title of Young Leader of the Year in the prestigious Youth Matters Awards 2017.

The awards ceremony, which was held on Friday 3rd November in London, is the YMCA federation’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009.


#IAMWHOLE call to action in advance of World Mental Health Day

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.


Local charity wins grant from NatWest to continue helping young people with financial training

Thanks to the NatWest Skills and opportunities fund, YMCA Birmingham has been awarded the opportunity to further support up to 70 young people.

The project entitled “Get Rich or Budget Tryin’” sees plans to deliver financial capability training and skills around gaining employment to the vulnerable people that the charity supports. FIND OUT MORE

YMCA Birmingham calls on political candidates to take on national YMCA manifesto recommendations

Local youth charity, YMCA Birmingham is calling on local political candidates to listen to the voices of young people who have been given a platform in this year’s General Election through a national YMCA manifesto.

YMCA Birmingham which supports thousands of young people across Birmingham and Solihull has given its backing to the national YMCA manifesto that lists more than 40 recommendations for the next government, all inspired by consultations with young people across the country. FIND OUT MORE

YMCA Birmingham backs new national research that shows apprenticeships boost young people’s career prospects

YMCA Birmingham has spoken out about the positive impacts of apprenticeships as new research is released today that shows four in five young people would recommend them to others and more than three quarters say they have improved their skills and career prospects. FIND OUT MORE

YMCA Birmingham supports new body confidence school toolkit

Research shows almost a third of 11 to 16 year old’s isolate themselves because of body image anxiety


YMCA Birmingham is named ‘runner up’ at national youth charity awards

YMCA Birmingham has been named runner up at a prestigious national youth charity awards after reaching this year’s glittering finals.


Mental health stigma is stopping young people asking for help

YMCA Birmingham supports major research findings out today for NHS and YMCA anti-stigma campaign, fronted by Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks)


Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, visits YMCA Birmingham

marcusMarcus Jones MP, with resident Chanelle Peart and YMCA CEO Alan Fraser


Marcus Jones MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) has visited YMCA Birmingham’s flagship accommodation scheme, The Chris Bryant Centre in Erdington. The Minister who is responsible for local government policy including adult social care and tackling homelessness met with YMCA staff and residents to talk about their shared vision. FIND OUT MORE

YMCA Birmingham calls on community to give them their vote ahead of prestigious national youth awards ceremony

Princess Anne with Alan Fraser CEO YMCA BirminghamThe Princess Royal and CEO Alan Fraser at opening ceremony of The Chris Bryant Centre May 2016

YMCA Birmingham is asking local people to give them their backing ahead of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony hosted this autumn by TV presenter, June Sarpong MBE. FIND OUT MORE