13 August 2021

We are very sad to announce that YMCA Sutton Coldfield’s Acting Chief Executive Stephanie Patrick will be leaving our charity today to take up a new post.

Stephanie started with the organisation as a youth worker 20 years ago, quickly progressing to Deputy CEO, and more recently Acting CEO. She leaves the charity in a much stronger position after her tireless work over the years to increase our income and improve our youth work services for young people in Birmingham.

Over the past 20 years, YMCA Sutton Coldfield’s income has increased from £100k to just under £1 million. Stephanie has been able to secure funding from a variety of sources to support the establishment and development of our current Young Carer’s Department, Disability Department, Youth and Children’s Department and work with Young Care Leavers in Housing.

During her time with us, YMCA Sutton Coldfield ‘reach’ has grown significantly, with almost 7 times more vulnerable young people accessing services, representing just under 40,000 young people in the last 20 years.

“This decision to leave YMCA Sutton Coldfield has certainly has not been easy,” said Stephanie.

“Whilst I am looking forward to a new opportunity, I am also incredibly sad to be leaving the organisation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the charity, and I will miss the young people most of all.

“It has been a privilege working with you to provide vulnerable young people the opportunity for fun and friendship, and somewhere to turn when they need support,” she added.

“I am honoured to have been your Acting Chief Executive, and I wish YMCA Sutton Coldfield and my successor all the best for the future.”