Posted On: 22/08/19
Deaf children in West Midlands fall an entire grade behind at GCSE level, according to new research from National Deaf Children's Society.
The charity issued the warning after analysing the Departments for Education's 2018 exam results data, which showed that the region's deaf children score an average grade of 3.78 across eight key subjects. For hearing children, this rises to 4.85. Read more
Posted On: 26/02/19
Posted On: 23/01/19
2018 was a great year for the YMCA. Working in 740 communities, 18,000 homeless people housed, 68,000 people engaged in education and training. See more
Posted On: 03/10/18
Breast cancer is still devastating lives on a heart-breaking scale – and this October, there’s plenty of ways to take action against the disease. Whether it’s starting to check breasts regularly or encouraging a loved ones to check theirs. Raising money to help make life-saving research happen or buying an amazing pink product. Every action counts.
Posted On: 29/08/18
Statistics tell us that one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime and regrettably for one member of the Against Breast Cancer fundraising team in May 2018 our colleague Allie became that ‘one’. For the past 6 years Allie has given support and advice to fundraisers of all ages. Read more
Posted On: 25/07/18
We are so proud of one of our young supporters, Amy, who decided to create an 'Awareness Box' for her school project. The children were tasked with creating a 3D visual presentation on a topic of their choice and Amy chose Again to Givst Breast Cancer! See how she did it here
With 55% of the UK population not knowing the meaning of secondary spread breast cancer, this awareness, especially in schools has a very valued and vital impact.
Posted On: 18/06/18
Statistics tell us that one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime and regrettably for one member of the Against Breast Cancer fundraising team in May 2018 our colleague Allie became that ‘one’. For the past 6 years Allie has given support and advice to fundraisers of all ages and … Read more
Posted On: 11/05/18
SeeAbility has released new research that suggests thousands of children with learning disabilities in England’s special schools are missing out on vital eye tests and eye care despite being 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children.
Around 100,000 children attend special schools in England, including the majority of children with severe learning disabilities or autism. Our study indicates that up to half of these children are likely to have a problem...
Posted On: 03/04/18
At just 16 years old, Amy’s relationship with her mother deteriorated, she felt she had no choice but to leave home and ended up sleeping on the streets. She was preparing to take her GCSEs and had no experience of living independently, so she was scared about what lay ahead.
“When me and mum fell out I felt so alone. I didn’t know what the future would bring and I was terrified. YMCA, and especially Manjit my keyworker, gave me so much support. I didn’t feel confident about staying...
Posted On: 09/03/18
Former England ruby union winger and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ben Cohen opened up about his deafness to show the UK’s 50,000 deaf children that there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
Ben Cohen was speaking about his deafness to launch the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Raising the Bar, to inspire deaf young people to get involved in the arts.
Ben Cohen explained: “Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve been profoundly deaf in both ears. It’s been tough at...
Posted On: 20/12/17
A new year is the perfect time to get fit and complete the challenge you’ve always wanted to face!
Posted On: 24/09/17
When Mel first arrived at YMCA, she was vulnerable and afraid and had run out of options. After her parents split up when she was 12, Mel found herself relying on the wrong crowd for support, taking recreational drugs, drinking and missing school. By 16, the relationship with her parents had completely broken down and she was made homeless.
Mel started sleeping on friends’ sofas and sometimes had to sleep rough – breaking into abandoned buildings just to try and escape the...
Posted On: 13/09/17
Across the country, thousands of children will be starting their first year at school. You may remember a school nurse asking you to tell them what you could see on a chart.
Now that I, (Donna O'Brien) work for SeeAbility, I’ve learned what was going on back then in the primary school. The school nurse had given me what is known as a ‘vision screen’.
Not only were they checking how much detail I could see with each eye and the possibility I might need glasses, they were...
Posted On: 10/08/17
The 1st Biochemical Society and Against Breast Cancer Glyco Oncology Workshop took place in April at the historic New College, Oxford where international scientists convened to discuss glycobiology.
This is a relatively new field of research that has been slow to attract the attention of the wider scientific community and funding bodies, despite increasing recognition of its importance in health and disease, including cancer.
Scientists with expertise in cancer, genetics,...
Posted On: 04/07/17
The National Deaf Children's Society have launched a bold new Overcoming Barriers Strategy 2017-2022 and brand to overcome the social and educational barriers that hold deaf children back. See the strategy in British Sign Language (BSL) here.
Susan Daniels, Chief Executive at the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “Our strategy is about changing deaf children’s lives and ensuring no child is left behind. By 2022 we plan to be the go-to place for information and support on...
Posted On: 25/05/17
With close to 80,000 followers on social media, professional fashion stylist, designer and hairstylist Joey Bevan is well known in the fashion industry. Starting his humble beginnings at a YMCA charity shop in Southend, he has established himself as a force in the fashion industry with his work being featured on Britain’s Next Top Model, The Ideal Home Show, Xfactor, Vogue and InStyle, to name a few.
Becoming well known for his sense of style in the industry and working...
Posted On: 05/05/17
YMCA England & Wales responds today (2 May 2017) to the Education and Health Committees’ joint report on the role of education on the mental health of children and young people.
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England & Wales, said: “The committees are right to recognise the important role of schools in children and young people’s mental health. The nationwide research we conducted for the #IAMWHOLE campaign showed more than half (59%) of young people who experience stigma as a...
Posted On: 28/11/16
YMCA responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP’s pledge in today’s Autumn Statement to abolish upfront letting agent fees .
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England, the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “YMCA supports today’s Government pledge to abolish upfront letting agent fees for tenants, however, believes it is just the first step in trying to tackle the issues of affordability and security of the private rented sector. The lethal...
Posted On: 21/11/16
Balance disorders can occur in children but may not be as easy to detect as they are in adults. This is mainly due to the fact that young children are not as able as adults or older children to describe the symptoms they are feeling, and may also be unable to understand the concepts of vertigo or imbalance.
There can be several causes to balance disorders and sometimes the balance disorder isn’t associated with a hearing loss. Some of the causes of balance disorders can be due to glue ear...
Posted On: 19/06/16
Tahiry was just 17. She was living with her boyfriend and his family and expecting her first child. Then he started to hit her.
She had no one to turn to for help. Her boyfriend’s family would take his side and were violent too. She was terrified that her baby was going to be seriously hurt – or worse – before she was even born. So Tahiry packed up her few belongings and took responsibility for her life and her unborn baby’s.
She was so desperate when she ran away that she had no...
Posted On: 23/05/16
Jamie Miller, 23, is an Apprentice Youth Worker at West Kent YMCA. In this personal blog, he talks about how his local YMCA has helped him to overcome his mental health issues and rebuild his life.
It was after I began working as an Apprentice Youth Worker at YMCA that I finally realised the changes in my life and the influences that had developed me into the young man I am today.
I was 15 when mum and dad split up and 17 when I was kicked out of home. I had no choice but to sleep rough,...