Christmas is an especially difficult time for individuals at risk of homelessness.


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?

YMCA Derbyshire supports 245 individuals and families each night, providing a safe place to live, food, therapeutic counselling, opportunities to improve wellbeing, access to accredited vocational training, and be supported towards employment.

The Padley@YMCA Derbyshire’s Day Centre provides support for over 300 individuals a month at risk of homelessness and poverty. This includes hot meals, emergency food parcels, a warm space and support, advice and guidance on a range of issues.access to health and wellbeing activities each day.

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 2024.

How to get involved with YMCA Derbyshire this Christmas.

YMCA Christmas Jumper Day

Jolly Jumper

Pull out your best (or worst!) Christmas Jumper and donate £1 to YMCA Derbyshire. This is a great opportunity for your school or workplace to raise funds for YMCA Derbyshire to support those at risk of homelessness this Christmas. Funds raised will go directly to support the people we support through our #ChangingLives and Padley@YMCA Derbyshire projects.

Email to get involved.

YMCA Christmas Ball

YMCA Christmas Ball

The evening starts with a drinks reception and live music from the sensational Saxaphonix Hot House. This will be followed by a delicious three-course banquet, and live band Mancuso will round off the evening, allowing guests to dance into the night.

All funds raised will support YMCA Derbyshire and Padley@YMCA Derbyshire. Your contribution will help us maintain and expand essential services for those at risk of homelessness this Christmas and throughout 2024.

Email to get involved.

YMCA Derbyshire Just Giving

Donate to our JustGiving Christmas Campaign

If you would like to make a one-off donation to YMCA Derbyshire or Padley @ YMCA Derbyshire you can do so here.

YMCA Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
Christmas Donation Drive

YMCA Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Every year we rely on generous donors to donate gift wrapped shoe boxes for our Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. This may be the only gift a beneficiary receives at Christmas. Could you donate a box filled with lovely gifts and toiletries for a YMCA resident in need? Here is a list of things we suggest that you include in your shoe box.

Items to put in a Christmas Shoe Box

  • Soap/Shower Gel
  • A pack of playing cards
  • Headphones
  • Fidget Toys
  • Chocolates/Sweets
  • Games
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Colouring pens/pencils
  • Notebook/Sketchpad
  • Shampoo
  • Moisturizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

Please do not include sharps or razors.

To donate a Christmas Shoe Box please email to get involved.

Donations can be dropped off at the Padley Day Centre, Padley Charity Shop, YMCA Derbyshire The Campus, or Chaddesden Morrisons. We can also collect larger numbers of boxes to donate, please arrange a collection by clicking this link.

We will be collecting donations until Friday 15th of December.

How your donation could help to change lives

Help YMCA Derbyshire keep people safe, supported and fed this Christmas and beyond in 2024.


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.

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

YMCAD Journeys

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 Jamie

Jamie struggled with school life, but after living at YMCAD he’s got a job and going to uni.


Meet Katy

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

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