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…



Join YMCA Derbyshire and celebrate World Youth Skills Day

As a celebration of the United Nations’ World Youth Skills Day, YMCA Derbyshire, accredited to the Foyer Federation, are running a community drop-in session on Friday 27 July, 12-4 pm at their London Road Campus. This event is an opportunity to relax, come together as a community, and celebrate the skills and talents of YMCA…



Key College Opens New Base in Burton

Our alternative educational offering, Key College, is proud to announce expansion into Burton-on-Trent. This investment of a sixth centre will allow us to offer accredited vocational qualifications to a wider number of students across Staffordshire. Key College offers a range of courses from construction and caring for children, to health and social care and hospitality….



‘Empowering 4 Good’ at World Council in Thailand

YMCA Derbyshire CEO Gillian Sewell has been invited to coordinate the daily act of worship at the forthcoming 19th YMCA World Council convention taking place in Thailand from 8-14 July. The meeting brings together over 1,300 people and celebrates 700 young participants who are fully integrated into the programme and are considered leaders of today…



Data Protection Privacy Statement and Cookies Policy

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives you more control over how your personal information is used. And it makes it quicker and easier for you to check and update the information we and other organisations we work with, hold about you. Our data protection policy can be viewed at any time here. Under…



Dancing The Night Away at Our Annual Ceilidh

Tony Walker CBE DL, MD Toyota London Office, hosts YMCA Derbyshire’s 2018 Ceilidh Dinner Dance and Fundraiser, focused on the theme of ‘Changing Lives’. On Friday 11 May, 152 guests enjoyed a Scottish-themed evening at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, where more than £13,000 was raised. YMCA Derbyshire’s Training and Education staff, along with our Key College…