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They know I’m here

Better ways of working with difficult-to-reach young adult carers

Written by Mark Chester, Space2think

Luke is a regular 18 year old. He’s studying and working and thinking about the future – about leaving home and building a career. But Luke is also a bit different because he can see into the future and he knows some of what is coming. He is not a clairvoyant or a crystal ball gazer; he is a carer, and carers know that the future is not theirs alone. Their ideas and dreams of what life could hold for them are tethered by the responsibility of caring for others. Their decisions are constrained by the needs of their loved ones. Not that they would necessarily have it any other way.


We are recruiting

We are recruiting for the “Triple A” Youth PROJECT
Aspiration Ambition Achievement

We are extending our Triple A youth work project into three new areas to work intensively and holistically with;
Young People aged 10-19yrs, and their families in; East Handsworth; Nechells; Stockland Green. We are looking for committed, highly motivated youth work practitioners to fill the following posts:


December Holiday Programme 5-11 years

Our December holiday programme will run from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd December 2016 and is for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. Daily onsite activities include Arts & Crafts, Cooking, indoor and outdoor sports and games.   £15 for a full day (8.15am-5.45pm). Here’s the timetable of activities and details of how to book.


Stepping Up – The Grand Opening

Our Stepping Up Programme have moved into new premises and we would like to invite you to come and show your support to our young people and help us celebrate our move.
When – Friday 7th October 1pm – 4pm
Where – 13 Fosseway Drive, Erdington B23 5LD

There will be homemade healthy snacks, dramatic performances and independent living presentations.  We would love to show you our new premises and welcome your support whether you stay for the afternoon or call in for a quick look.

Please RSVP – Clairegeraghty@ymcasc.org.uk  or debbiehopkins@ymcasc.org.uk   01213829134




I’m not afraid anymore

The impact of life coaching within a support service for young carers

Written by Mark Chester, Space2think

Aphra Lewin sits in a classroom with a young girl who will only speak through a curtain of her hair, which she has pulled down in front of her face. She wants to talk about the paranormal. Across town, Alan Burrows is in Starbucks with a young carer called Ryan. Ryan is tired. He’s worked a shift in his job as a Kitchen Porter in a casino in China Town and he is worried about his Mum. Kirsty Burden is in the YMCA at Sutton Coldfield, the place that has brought all these people together; she is with Louise, who cares for her Dad and her Nan, but determinedly refuses to class herself as a young carer.



At our recent Sleep Easy event we asked people why they were supporting us.  Here are a few of those pictures.  If you support us it would be great if you could share a similar picture on social media using the hashtag #isupportymcasc

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Our Sleep Easy Event is on CBBC

Our young persons Sleep Easy event was filmed by the BBC and was aired this week on CBBC.

The programme can be seen on CBBC iPlayer until 5th April 2016

Watch the programme here



We are now record breakers!

In October 2015 we were pleased to be a part of the Scrum Down Print Forward project.  We can now say that we helped break the world record for the World’s longest single linocut print ever created.


Video: The Refurbishment of Watson Close

We have now completed a redevelopment of our main site in Sutton Coldfield.  This enables us to offer affordable and quality accommodation to young people from the local community.   Have a look at the video to learn more…


We Are Recruiting

Latest Vacancy – Part Time Project Worker

YMCA Sutton Coldfield is a registered charity whose mission is to encourage and inspire children and young people to reach their true potential. We work with all children and young people and tailor our approach to individual circumstances, in partnership with families, communities and local organisations.