Sandile joined us at YMCA Derbyshire as she was declared homeless by her parents.

“I was terrified at first as I have only lived in England for a year and did not really know much about it.”

Our accommodation staff helped Sandile to see the bright side of her situation by ensuring she was given full support physically and emotionally.

“The staff at the YMCA helped me take note of my strengths and work on them in order to build my confidence.”

By working with the accommodation team, Sandile learned a lot about herself and has big plans for her future.

“Thanks to the YMCA staff I am certain that I will complete my Health & Social Care Level 3 course and later go to university.”

“One of the most important value I got from the YMCA is that dreams don’t work unless you do hard work and being humble will take you places . In the future I hope to be a Social Worker and I am ready to change the world.”

Sandile participates in our Foyer which aims to connect every young person with their assets, talents and potential through experiences, energy and ability.