YMCAD accredited by the Foyer Federation for third year running

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We are very pleased to announce that we have been accredited for the third year running by The Foyer Federation. The national federation represent and accredit Foyer providers to maintain a high standard of accommodation and learning. YMCA Derbyshire is currently home to 40+ young people who have the opportunity to develop their life skills,…

Our ‘This is Derby’ project has supported over 2,000 young people throughout the pandemic

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YMCA Derbyshire, Baby People and Derby County Community Trust have joined forces to help over 2,000 young people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to our unique tie-up, music sessions were held over Instagram, sports activities were encouraged virtually and was confidence built in one-to-one sessions. Our charities were inspired to act following the report from…

BBC Children In Need grant supports young people in Derby on their pathway to employment

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YMCA Derbyshire is helping young people get ready for work thanks to a grant from the BBC Children In Need Youth Futures Foundation. With funds secured from the grant, YMCA Derbyshire has added an employability coach to their team to run one-to-one sessions, including CV writing, interview techniques and job or college applications. The charity…

A warm welcome to our Director of Lifelong Learning

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Team YMCA Derbyshire is very excited to have appointed an experienced education specialist to our newly-introduced Director of Lifelong Learning role. Louise Curd, who has previously worked as Director of Programmes at Learn by Design and Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Derby College, will be joining us in early June. The position has been…

Virtual Sleep Easy raises £27,011 in aid of youth homelessness

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Local businesses and individuals in Derby have helped to raise an incredible £27,011 for YMCA Derbyshire by taking part in a mammoth virtual Sleep Easy event on Friday March 26 2021. Vital funds from the event will go towards health and wellbeing support for the young people the charity serves. More than 50 local people…

High Sheriff of Derbyshire’s virtual legal service will raise vital funds to support local homeless young people

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High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Tony Walker, is raising funds for YMCA Derbyshire during his virtual legal service this month. Tony named YMCA Derbyshire as one of his chosen charities for his year in office. Due to the current climate, planned fundraising events for YMCA were unfortunately cancelled, but this has not stopped Tony from doing…

Adventure centre refuge for rough sleepers in Derbyshire

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Individuals who would otherwise be sleeping rough are being given refuge from the cold and Covid-19 at a countryside adventure centre after multiple agencies have collaborated. Mount Cook, near Matlock, is usually open for young people and groups to take part in activities designed to broaden horizons and develop key skills. Because of the pandemic,…

Young people in Derby given opportunity to gain practical work experience with Morrisons Flowerworld

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YMCA Key College, the educational arm of YMCA Derbyshire, has launched a partnership with Morrisons Flowerworld to help students get into work despite the Covid-19 emergency. Flowerworld, based in Sinfin, employs 460 people on each shift and produces 400,000 bouquets every week. Its Employability Academy has been developing a strategy with specific concentration on the recruitment…

YMCA Derbyshire supports over 1,000 members of the Derbyshire community in COVID-19 response

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YMCA Derbyshire has supported over 1,000 members of the Derbyshire community since Covid-19 emergency lockdown was announced in March this year. Residents of the YMCA, families and the elderly have benefited from donations of food parcels, home-cooked dinners, crisis bags and general items such as toiletries and virtual community meals. The charity has seen a…