25 June 2021

A recent consultation with young people living at YMCA Derbyshire showed that 56% struggle with their mental health.

The hardship of being homeless is difficult enough but alongside a worldwide pandemic, these young people are in need of extra support.

Throughout the pandemic, the accommodation and wellbeing teams at YMCA Derbyshire worked hard to provide young people with extra counselling, 1-1 advice sessions, emergency food parcels and fun online activities.

Now restrictions are easing, the charity needs to raise more funds to continue these additional services and boost the mental wellbeing of their young people.

The 56 for the 56% campaign has been created to raise funds for more wellbeing provisions, including; access to the gym, five-a-side football evenings, structured work-based programmes with youth workers and equipment for gardening and cooking.

Fundraisers are being asked to take the numbers 5 and 6, create a challenge and gain sponsorship for completing it. This could be running 5.6km for a month, baking 56 cookies and selling them, or even cycling 56 miles every day (not for the faint-hearted!).

The choice is that of the fundraiser and YMCA Derbyshire will be on hand to provide help with setting up sponsorship pages, sharing social media posts and any other support needed.

Gillian Sewell, CEO at YMCA Derbyshire said:

“After such a difficult year, where many of our young have struggled with isolation, unemployment and food poverty, this campaign will really help to enhance their lives.

By giving them more opportunities to engage positively with others and learn new skills, the 56% could be dramatically decreased. Our aim is to support these young people a on their journey towards happiness and to move forward with confidence.”

For more information, or to ask any questions simply email fundraising@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk or you can contact the team on 01332559550.