Palestinian visit to Sutton Coldfield promotes peace amongst young people

In the week that Prince William visited Palestine on the first official royal tour, local charity YMCA Sutton Coldfield were busy hosting their own peace programme as part of a cultural youth exchange to the Royal town of Sutton Coldfield with 15 young Palestinians. The group, aged 18 to 25, arrived from Bethlehem on the…



Inspirational Youth Workers Recognised by New Youth Works Awards

At a time when funding cuts threaten our much needed community youth services, the YMCA Youth Works initiative steps up to the challenge, celebrating the success of youth workers across the city in Birmingham’s very first Youth Works Awards Ceremony. The Awards Ceremony for 100 guests took place on the 27th June at the Clayton Hotel,…



Finding and facing the truth about Young Carers

Unearthing treasure April 2018, Mark Chester, Space2think “Young carers aren’t going to go to an office in school to report that they are young carers”, says Aphra Lewin, team leader of YMCA Sutton Coldfield’s RELEASE project. “You wouldn’t go to a teacher who has recently told you off or given you a bad grade.” It…



YMCA Sutton Coldfield calls on local people to join Sleep Easy Event

YMCA Sutton Coldfield is calling on local residents to come together and sleep rough for one night in March to help prevent youth homelessness. The local children and young people’s charity, which has worked in Sutton Coldfield for the past 118 years, is hosting a Sleep Easy fundraiser in Gracechurch Shopping Centre on 23rd March 2018….



We are recruiting – Part-time Youth Worker

With funding from Big Lottery Fund and Sheldon Trust, we are launching a new initiative as part of our ‘Triple A’ Youth Work Project. The project will target and work intensively and holistically with young men aged 10-19 years old and their families in Kingstanding, Falcon Lodge, Oscott. We are looking for a committed, highly…



Community Comes Together in Young Carers Christmas Appeal

Christmas came early this week for a group of Young Carers attending the YMCA Sutton Coldfield Release Project on Saturday 16th December. Carers received gorgeous gift boxes donated by members of the local Sutton & Boldmere community containing essential toiletries as well as a few extra treats in time for Christmas. The YMCA Carers Case…