YMCA Guildford has been shortlisted for the National Youth Matters Awards

YMCA Guildford has been shortlisted for the National Youth Matters Awards in the Health and Wellbeing Category!

Guildford Y Centre provides accommodation for 96 students and 22 young people with support needs. We have a long history of supporting young people with complex needs, and young people who would be considered challenging, vulnerable and/or socially-marginalised due to trauma, complex mental health issues, alcohol or drug misuse, offending history and/or behaviours, harm to self or others, and non-engagement.

The team have developed a programme of activities which respond to the expressed needs and aspirations of young people, including unaccompanied asylum seekers, care leavers, and young people who have been homeless. The programme promotes health and wellbeing, and maximises ‘job-readiness’ through a broad range of activities. These include:

Group sessions
30 minutes structured individual or group sessions on topics such as decision-making, job searching and problem solving
Boxing club
Friday night club: recognising that Friday evening is a high-risk time for isolation, the club focuses on building a sense of community through food
Support to access employment
Fast track to employment – a three day course providing certificated manual handling and food hygiene training, CV writing and group work around interview tips.
Positive Placements: volunteer mentoring around employment aspirations

Progress can be evidenced by the young people themselves, including tangible growth in confidence, increased self-esteem, better self-care and independent living skills, improved physical health and becoming ‘job-ready’.

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