YMCA Heart of England accredited to the matrix standard

YMCA Heart of England (formerly YMCA Birmingham) Training and Education Department has been successfully reaccredited to the matrix Standard, demonstrating the high quality of Apprenticeships and Qualifications they provide to Housing Associations, Councils, and fellow YMCA’s.



Announcement – Alan Fraser our CEO is moving on to pastures new

We are saddened to announce that Alan Fraser our CEO will be leaving YMCA Heart of England in May. Alan will be missed and we wish him every success for the future. Pauline Tomlinson our Assistant CEO will stepping into the role of CEO for the interim period. Trustees will make an announcement about recruitment…



We need to talk about… our mental health

I am writing this as we mark eight months since the UK was first put into full lockdown. Something that we thought at first would go on for no more than three or four weeks – then three or four months – is still with us and looks likely to remain with us well into…



YMCA win prestigious housing award

YMCA Heart of England has won the Best Social Housing Development Award at the Midlands Residential Property Awards 2020, for the refurbishment of our hostel in Northfield, now called Magdalene Court.



Incident at YMCA Birmingham

A spokesperson for YMCA Heart of England said: “We are aware of the incident that took place last night at a YMCA Heart of England housing scheme, The Vineyard in Erdington, Birmingham, where a child fell from a window of a second floor flat. Staff from the YMCA scheme next door attended the scene within…



We need to talk about… Leadership on Equality & Diversity

The recent outcry over the death of George Floyd caused me to revisit a blog piece that I wrote In January 2018, following the death of my childhood hero, Cyrille Regis. There’s something about it which still feels very relevant to me. I wrote in that piece that I was worried by coverage of Regis’…



Nurseries reopening – 8th June

Following guidance, we are delighted to say that we will be reopening our nurseries from 8th June. We have reviewed guidance on workplace safety and have undertaken risk assessments to ensure that we have the measures in place, that we reasonably can, to protect our staff and the children who attend our nurseries. With careful…



YMCA helping the most vulnerable local people during the Covid 19 pandemic

YMCA Birmingham, part of Heart of England, are supporting Age UK Birmingham in providing a hot meals delivery service for the most vulnerable people in our City. The local charity has opened their kitchens and provided staff to support Age UK’s initiative, ensuring that local people over 70, have three hot meals a day during...



Working towards a better tomorrow

Birmingham and Coventry are diverse communities with a rich fusion of different cultures. At YMCA Heart of England, we are proud to be part of those communities and strive to inspire all young people to discover their full potential, so that they can live life in all its fullness. Racism has no place at our…



We need to talk about… the end of rough sleeping

The current Covid-19 pandemic may have unleashed a wave of horror across the globe, but has also made something remarkable happen: it has prompted the UK government to tackle the crisis of rough sleeping that was engulfing our country. Between 2009 and 2019 there were huge increases in the numbers of rough sleepers across the…