THANK YOU for supporting our young people over Christmas by taking part in a variety of activities and donating. You helped to provide several festive meals, including a full Christmas dinner on the day, as well as more support and gifts for those who might have gone without.


Christmas and New Year can often be an extremely lonely and challenging time for our young people and those most in need in our communities.

We currently provide a safe place to live for 190 people in Derby and Derbyshire each night, support  61 students enrolled within our YMCA Key College and help many individuals and families across our communities.

Our 2020 Christmas Appeal may be the most important yet.

It has been a very difficult year for the people we support, many are experiencing food poverty, unemployment and poor mental health. We are hoping to give them a reason to smile this festive season and you may be able to help us make that possible.

Last year we were able to support over 300 young people during the festive season, preventing loneliness with a range of fun activities and extra support. We also provided warm meals to our young people and those most in need in the community.

We know this year there will be even more people who need our support.

Ways you can help this Christmas

Jolly Jumper



Simply dig out your festive knits, pick a day that best suits your business, school, college or community group and make a donation.

Christmas Card Swap



Instead of buying Christmas cards for your friends and family, could you send a YMCA Derbyshire e-card?

With the money that you would usually spend on buying your cards, make a donation to YMCA Derbyshire. Contact and we’ll send you an e-card.


Hold your own event



We’ve seen some really creative challenges and events taking place this year. Could you get sponsored to; hold a 24-hour gaming challenge, do some football ‘keep ups’, do a ‘Fun Run’ or ‘Cycle Ride’? Be as creative as you like we’d be so grateful of your support!

Individual donations



We would be incredibly grateful for an individual donation towards activities and meals which will give our young people a reason to smile this festive season. No matter how big or small we promise you it will make such a difference to those we support.

Thank you for helping us keep people safe, supported and fed this Christmas.

From all of us at YMCA Derbyshire