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Charities must evolve to stay relevant

In June 1844, a young man met with his colleagues in an upstairs room of a drapery store just a few yards from St Paul's Cathedral in London. That young man was Sir George Williams and the meeting resulted in the formation of the YMCA.

Resilience prevails amid Osborne's bleak choices

Like a piercing, bitter English winter, Chancellor George Osbourne's "autumn statement" was eye-wateringly harsh. It is, without doubt, children and young people growing up in the most deprived households who are being asked to bear the brunt.

We must fight for young people's future

The political debate is dominated by the economy. But while the battle rages in Westminster about whether the financial cuts are necessary or proportionate, there is general agreement that they have had a severe impact on young people, women and children.

Integrated working makes a comeback

Good ideas never completely disappear. After early prophecies of doom, the idea of integrated working in the children and youth workforce seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance at present.

Build communities to tackle knife crime

Over the past few weeks YMCA has been approached by a number of different media outlets asking the same question: Is the rise in knife crime among young people due to youth service cuts?

Early intervention transcends early years

The national focus on early intervention has put a spotlight on the early years. But with many conflating the two ideas, we run the risk of neglecting the need to develop a preventative mindset in our work with school-age children.

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