Working with the Derbyshire community

Before lockdown, our community hubs at YMCA Derbyshire were growing healthily with multiple community meals organised every month. We are thrilled to look back and see how our relationships have blossomed with the community. Of course, when lockdown was announced, we had to ensure we were putting our staff and supporters’ safety as a top…



Standing in Solidarity

YMCA Derbyshire stands with all who are hurting and affected by the brutal murder of George Floyd in the USA and with those seeking peacefully to end racism and discrimination. We understand that the consequences of this injustice are felt deeply by our staff and the communities we serve. As a local YMCA, we believe…



YMCA Derbyshire opens new accommodation in Heanor

YMCA Derbyshire has opened 15 new units of accommodation on Ray Street in Heanor, Derbyshire. The housing team will be supporting people who find themselves homeless in the area to get back on their feet and gain independence. Aimed at 18-35 year old’s, these self-contained flats provide short-term accommodation with support from our Housing Navigators,…



Support YMCA Derbyshire by wearing a Jolly Jumper this Christmas

We’re almost at the end of November, meaning we are definitely getting into the festive spirit. Unfortunately, not everyone will be feeling the same. Christmas and New Year can often be a lonely and challenging time for people in supported housing. This is why we are asking our local community to get involved in giving…



Incredible night had by all at YMCA Derbyshire’s Ceilidh 2019

Helen Salloway, Owner of Seven Restaurant and White Hart, hosted YMCA Derbyshire’s 2019 Ceilidh on Friday 4 October, which this year focused on fundraising for our Changing Lives Fund. YMCA Derbyshire’s Training and Education staff, along with our YMCA Key College students and residents, prepared, cooked and served a delicious three-course meal. The starter was either…



Boost for YMCA Derbyshire with donation from Remploy employees

YMCA Derbyshire has generously been gifted £2000 from employees at Remploy, the UK’s leading employment, skills and disability specialist. The donation has been made by the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust. As part shareholder of Remploy, the Trust is able to distribute some of its share of the company’s profits to mission-related good causes on behalf…



Dance the night away with YMCA and Seven to give young people hope

YMCA Derbyshire is collaborating with Seven Restaurant to raise £30,000 towards a new training and education centre for young people. Funds from the YMCA’s annual ceilidh dinner dance will go towards developing a centre of excellence. YMCA Key College specialises in educating young people for whom mainstream education may have been unsuitable. All learners are…



Reaching out to Young People in Tanzania

YMCA Derbyshire have presented a significant donation to Derby Grammar School’s Tanzania Projec,t which helps to improve the lives of children at Gedeli B School in Mwanza. The relationship between YMCA Derbyshire and the school has developed over the years and this year, as well as their annual cake sale to raise funds for the…



5 Questions With… Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor is the Community Connector at YMCA Derbyshire. 1. Matt, you’ve just started with us as ‘Community Connector’, what does your new role entail please? My role as Community Connector will be connecting with young people (residents, learners and those in the community) and older people to create sustainable inter-generational projects which reduces isolation…