Christmas is an especially difficult time for young people living in supported housing. 


Could you help us to show our young people and those we support in our community who are most in need that they are thought of, worthy and celebrated as individuals?

Every year, we house over 300 individuals who have found themselves without a place to live. Alongside this we provide vocational training qualifications through YMCA Key College to over 150 young people each year where mainstream education has not been suitable. As well as delivering a range of youth and community services across both Derby and Derbyshire supporting individuals and families most in need.

This Christmas, we’d love to put a smile on the faces of those we support by providing delicious meals and a gift. We also want to provide additional support to those most in need through the provision of health and wellbeing activities and vital support both during Christmas and in to 2022.

Not only that, but we are raising funds this year to improve the residents lounge at our main YMCA Campus. This will include providing a new IT suite with technology for education, seeking work and entertainment purposes. We also hope to add new sofas and board games for our young people to enjoy the company of their friends in a relaxing and chilled out space.

How your donation could help to change lives

Help YMCA Derbyshire keep people safe, supported and fed this Christmas and beyond in 2022 by donating to our #12DaysOfXmas campaign.


Below are ways your donation would be spent at our YMCA and enable us to make a real difference to the lives of those we support.

12 days of Christmas

£7.50 can buy a toiletries pack, so our young people and residents can feel their best.

12 days of Christmas

£15 pays for a fun activity like the cinema or bowling, which many of our young people have never experienced before.

12 days of Christmas

£20 allows us to run a health and wellbeing session such as an allotment day or exercise class.

12 days of Christmas

£35 pays for a therapeutic counselling session. Which gives our residents and learners a safe space to talk and feel listened to.

12 days of Christmas

£50 pays for a ‘Move on Pack’ for our residents that are moving on to independent living. This will include some basics to get them started in their new home.

We are also raising funds to refresh and refurbish our residents lounge. This is our communal space where our residents can socialise, relax and take part in our weekly activities.

Donate to refurbish the residents lounge

Together we really do change lives, we are exceptionally grateful for the donations we receive which enables us to continue providing vital support to those most in need.

This year, we can give our young people and those most in need in our community a Christmas to remember as well as helping them on their positive pathway to education, employment and independent living.

If you’d like to support a specific area of our work please do get in touch with a member of our team to discuss your donation.

On behalf of all of us at YMCA Derbyshire

Other ways you can help

Jolly Jumper


YMCA Jolly Jumper 2021


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


YMCA Christmas hat website


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.


Please help us to put a smile on the faces of those who may otherwise be struggling this Christmas and in 2022 by engaging in one of our fundraising activities like Jolly Jumper or donating to our 12 days of Xmas.

Thank you for continuing to support our YMCA so that together we can change lives.

Our Stories

Read about the work YMCA Derbyshire does and how your donation will make an impact.

Meet Ella

Ella had a really difficult time at school, resulting in her having to leave. She regained her confidence after joining YMCA Key College.

Meet Michael

I used to live with my Dad, but he always said negative stuff about me and called me horrible names, so I moved to YMCA.



Meet Katy

Katy has found life during the pandemic hard, but has progressed with help from YMCA Derbyshire.