Project Alfie Seeks Local Employers

YMCA Key College is proud to launch ‘Project Alfie’, where we’re seeking local employers to partner with us and help create opportunities for our young people to experience the world of work.  What does being a Project Alfie partner mean? • YMCA Key College students, accompanied and supported throughout by a member of staff, will…



YMCA Key College Launches Mental Health Training

We are proud to announce that our YMCA Key College is now offering MHFA England’s internationally recognised course in Youth Mental Health First Aid. It’s a two-day course and participants are fully certified on completion. Young people are struggling with poor mental health. Causes include; academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty and a lack of availability of…



Wildlife Garden at Harrington Takes Shape

In collaboration with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and thanks to funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, a garden has been imagined and created at Harrington Nursery School in Derby. Work started on the garden in June 2017, where the first task was to manually shift 50 tonnes of top soil onto the site. In boiling…



Quality For Health Level 2 Awarded

We are pleased to have been awarded the Quality For Health Level 2 award, demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement and putting service users at the centre of our services. This award is a quality assurance system for groups and organisations delivering health and wellbeing services. Kate Gillespie, Head of Accommodation and Support Services at YMCA…



‘All Ages Together’ Helps to Combat Loneliness

A project launched earlier this year in collaboration with St Osmund’s Church in Derby aims to challenge stereotypical views in the local community. ‘All Ages Together’ (AAT) aims to bring people together who wouldn’t ordinarily meet, for fun and friendship and in the process to build bridges across the age divide. Similarly to our monthly free…



Mental Health Literacy Developed in Local Community

At YMCA Derbyshire, 18 staff members have recently completed a two-day ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ course, focused around how to recognise the symptoms and signs of common mental health issues and help in a moment of need. The course aims to support young people aged 8-18 by ‘listening, reassuring and responding’. Based on the…



Wildlife Brought to Whistlestop

In collaboration with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, YMCA Derbyshire residents have created a permanent and sustainable seating area at The Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath.  Several YMCA Derbyshire residents worked in partnership with the Trust to reassemble their display from the Royal Horticultural Show at Chatsworth, shifting five tonnes of rock in the process! This will be…



New Partnership with YMCA Humber

YMCA Derbyshire is proud to be partnering with YMCA Humber to offer a YMCA Key College satellite for training and education.  This is a fantastic opportunity for both organisations to come together and expand the reach for accredited vocational training courses across the country. Julia Hodder, Head of Training and Education at YMCA Derbyshire, said:…



Annual Celebration Event 2018

You’re invited to join us in celebrating our young people at our forthcoming Annual Celebration event in October. Details are shown through the flyer below and we would ask that you please RSVP by emailing The evening will include award-giving and presentations for our residents and learners. We hope to welcome you to our…



5 Questions With… Gerome Palmer

1. What does your role at YMCA Derbyshire involve? I’m an accommodation navigator, which means that I support people when they’ve got into a situation where they don’t have a place to stay. We give them somewhere to live and support them, with the view to them living independently and not having to come back…