Declan joined us at YMCA Derbyshire to get a clean start and to change his life after going through

a difficult time and having extremely low confidence.

“Since being at YMCA Derbyshire, I have been involved in a lot of activities. I play football, have been bowling and I have been given a years free gym membership. These things have helped with my mental health

; I have picked up friendships and confidence to do anything.”

“My life has changed so much. I feel like I can achieve anything that I put my mind to. I want to thank staff members at YMCA Derbyshire because without any of their help, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am truly grateful.”

We are so proud of Declan, how he has grown and the fact that he has put any doubt in himself to the back of his mind. He’s really pushing himself to achieve his dreams of being a model and singer.


From Declan’s Key Worker:


When Declan first joined YMCA Derbyshire, he was very quiet, didn’t mix with other residents and struggled in social situations. He initially had low confidence and low self-esteem – he did not believe in himself. Declan joined the activities the Health & Wellbeing Team introduced, which was fantastic. He also worked with a Building Better Opportunities Personal Navigator to help him gain confidence and mix in social situations. I have noticed a positive change in Declan – he socialises with other residents, his confidence is growing massively. He’s now even applying for jobs, attending interviews and feels at ease in these interviews. Declan is a very sensible young man who makes positive choices and is working towards an independent future.