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The YMCA in Slough is part of a world-wide Christian movement whose central aim is to promote the active involvement of young people in society, regardless of their gender, race, ability, faith or sexual orientation, and the development of healthy, sustainable communities.

The YMCA has been around for more than 165 years and today we are perhaps recognised most for our work with homeless young people. Each night, YMCAs up and down the country provide rooms for around 10,000 young people who don’t have anywhere else to sleep.

But this is only part of the story. What is probably less known is that the YMCA supports families, through early years’ education, breakfast and after school clubs and that by offering learning and skills, crime prevention, health and fitness,  youth outreach and family mediation  we also help to prevent youth homelessness occurring. But even that is not the full picture.

The YMCA is also the largest voluntary provider of community based sports, fitness and physical activity programmes which form part of an all round approach to healthy living and personal and social development which is unique to the YMCA.

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Here at the YMCA in Slough we provide supported accommodation for homeless young people between the ages of 17 and 35 with the aim of helping them through their toughest times which will hopefully lead them to independent living. We also provide a home for children aged 16 and 17 with the aim of supporting their transition from childhood to adulthood. Through our community hub project, The Hangout, we aim to improve the engagement with learning of local at risk children and young people and to foster a greater sense of community cohesion by bringing members of the local community together in one venue regardless of their race, colour, sex or background.

In all of this we are helping young people, often from vulnerable and excluded backgrounds to belong, contribute and thrive within their communities.