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A new guide telling local government how the YMCA can help them deliver services has been launched at the Local Gov...
A new guide telling local government how the YMCA can help them deliver services has been launched at the Local Government Association conference. Councillors Louise Farthing (LAB, Sunderland), Ian Green (CON, Ealing) and Laura Willoughby (LIB DEM, Islington) officially launch the guide.

In 2002 more than 50 YMCAs were involved in planning and development of Local Strategic Partnerships in the areas of supported housing for young people, sports and leisure programme and facility management and many other youth services.

The YMCA is the largest single voluntary sector organization providing sport, health, and fitness programmes across England. We are also the largest provider of safe, secure and affordable supported housing for young people in England, with over 7300 bed-spaces offering housing and training support for young people.

Cllr Laura Willoughby, executive member for communities, Islington LBC and chair of the LGA equalities executive said: 'The YMCA are ideally positioned to work as partners in a local government setting. As an independent charity with special expertise in working with young people the YMCA can and does help us deliver services and meet targets through their networks of local staff and volunteers. They are often very established within communities with well know premises that can provide an alternative community hub, especially where fitness and leisure facilities exist.'

Many YMCAs also have representatives on their local youth councils or run the local youth councils themselves.

YMCA England director of programme development Ceri Davies, said: 'We are launching the guide because we want to educate councils of the resources and expertise already available in their communities. The work of the YMCA in improving quality of life for communities and well being for individuals can contribute to meeting the objectives of almost all local authorities.'

Notes on the YMCA in England

Last year 151 YMCAs in England reached over 1-million people from over 240 communities.

The YMCA is a worldwide movement, committed to meeting the needs of young people regardless of their gender, race, ability, age or faith particularly at times of need by providing high quality programmes in 7 integrated areas:

  • Housing & Homelessness (the YMCA is the largest provider of safe, supported accommodation in England for single men and women in the 16 -35 age range)

  • Sport, Health, Exercise & Fitness (more than 50 activities available from 120 sites in England)

  • Crime & Safety (prevention work, work with young offenders, ex-offenders and those in prisons)

  • Training & Education (life skills, vocational qualifications and job search for 250,000 people)

  • Personal & Social Development (enabling people to realise their potential)

  • Parenting and childcare (the YMCA runs a variety parenting & childcare programmes designed to promote healthy parent & child relationships)

  • Money & work (YMCAs run a range of programmes covering everything from budgeting skills to job placements)

  • International (operating in 123 countries worldwide, the YMCA has more than 30 million members)

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