We offer a range of services to help young people. The support that we offer is the most important aspect of our work. We consider every young person as someone carrying innate worth and value equal to anyone else in society. We are passionate about developing these young people.
Need someone to talk to?
The YMCA offers a free and confidential one-to-one counselling service for young people aged between 13 and 25 in the Peterborough, Huntingdonshire and Fenland areas since 1992. Counselling sessions are available in Huntingdon, St Neots, Wisbech, March, Whittlesey, and Peterborough.
Imagine what a difference it would make to talk to someone who doesn’t know you but cares about you? There’d be no judging or criticising and no surprise at anything you had to say.
When you first meet with your counsellor you’ll have the time to chat through all the problems that are troubling you, just you and them. You will not have any answers forced upon you, but instead be offered the encouragement and practical advice to help you have a better understanding of your situation. They’ll look over your options with you and help you to focus on the right choices for you and the right choices for your future.
If you would like to contact the Counselling Service please contact the Counselling Guidance Coordinator on 01733 373170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA Counselling Service is an organisational member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), which means counsellors are ethically bound to keep everything in a counselling session confidential and won’t share (any) information with anyone outside the counselling agency, unless in very rare cases if a person’s welfare or safety is at risk.
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What is The Menu of Services?
It’s a widely known statistic – on average, three children in every school classroom suffer with mental health issues.
YMCA has recently launched a new research report which goes one step further, looking into the stigma associated with mental health among young people.
In partnership with NHS England, our research through the #IAmWhole campaign found that more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma. Of those young people, more than a third say it happens at least once a week, and 54% say it originates from their own friends.
In response to these staggering statistics, YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has launched new in-school services for schools and partners to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people.
Existing support channels are overwhelmed with demand, and the new YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough offer provides a sustainable route for schools to continue to support pupils in the face of budget cuts.
The scheme has already seen huge success in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, with over 32 schools signing up during the pilot year in 2015-16, enabling 231 children and young people to receive direct support across 1,780 hours of provision.
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is committed to helping create supportive, inclusive and transforming communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.
YMCA Menu of Services offers schools and partners a range of services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people in their care. This enables vulnerable children and young people to get the help they need quicker.
YMCA Menu of Services was designed to offer schools and partners a range of services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people in their care. We appreciate that this will vary between organisations, according to the demographics of young people using them. For this reason, we have arranged our services so that you can select the ingredients that will best address their needs.
The YMCA Menu of Services allows you to:
Really impressed with the service. Our pupils showed a real change in their feelings”
– Head Teacher
We offer schools and partners a service that is high quality yet affordable so all those that need the service are able to access it.
We operate a credit system to allow schools to draw down the services they require, as and when they need to.
One credit costs from £40-47.50 and can procure:
1.5 credits per worker can procure:
We adopt the following structure for any given individual (to include any necessary assessment and/or feedback sessions)
“Parents have found that the support offered has helped improve behaviour and attitudes at home”
– Family Care Manager
Staff Training and Qualifications
The YMCA Menu of Services recognises that successful implementation of our programmes requires a united effort. In response to teachers’ feedback we have developed a range of training packages to suit individual school budgets and requirements.
Areas covered include:
We can also offer be-spoke training and conferences on topics of your choice, so please contact us to discuss your needs. Prices start from just £20 per delegate (min of 20).
In addition, we offer a range of Parent or Student Workshops in a variety of topics. Prices vary according to the length of sessions and numbers attending, but start from just £2.50 per child and £5 per parent (based on minimum numbers).
Additional workshops can be developed on request.
New for 2017/18
To enable schools to deliver their own non non-clinical staff training and pupil interventions, we have developed a series of training courses to provide resources and support to deliver many of our programmes. Not only is this an extremely cost effective solution, but it will also enable more children to be reached with on-going support, advice and access to the latest resources and updates on a yearly basis.
Please get in touch to find out more or download our training guide below.
“We know that helping young people cope in the modern world and reach their potential cannot be achieved without a strong, unified network of capable, well-supported professionals. We are very excited about the potential of these training packages in creating a strong, resilient generation of young people now and in the future.”
Jonathan Martin – CEO, YMCA
For more information or to discuss your needs, please click on one of the links below or get in contact with The YMCA Menu of Services:
T 01733 373 187 or 07545 642 792
or write to:
Menu of Services Manager
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
For the full guide to our services, click here.
For our service summary leaflet, click here.
For the Train the Trainer Prospectus, click here.
For information about our fundraising pack, click here
We have supported 518 vulnerable people in the last twelve months in Cambridgeshire. The Appropriate Adult role was created in law in 1984, and is required for the mentally vulnerable and under 18s.
The Appropriate Adult is required to be present at a number of points, for example: when the person is told their rights and entitlements, when they are interviewed and when they are charged.
The Appropriate Adult will normally be the parent or guardian; when they are unwilling or unable to attend, we provide an Appropriate Adult.
Whenever a vulnerable adult or young person is taken into custody we provide them with the right support, guidance and a caring lead to make sure they are treated properly. It is important these young people and vulnerable adults receive the correct entitlements and are aware of their rights whilst they are in, what can often be a daunting situation. This is where our volunteers play an invaluable part.
As an Appropriate Adult, volunteers are called to Police Stations in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Ely, March and St Neots between 9am and 10pm to cover a morning, afternoon or evening shift.
If you would like to discuss the project in further detail please contact Lee Adamson on 01733 373172 or email email@example.com
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YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough takes an active approach to supporting young people through specially developed youth projects.
The Girton Youth Project has provided community-based youth work for the young people of Girton since 2006. Our project is supported by Girton Town Charity and managed through the YMCA. Our youth clubs and additional activities provide wide opportunities for learning and for leisure. We’re pleased to offer access to willing adults who can give their help when it’s needed.
We work closely with local schools and other services to ensure that our approach is tailored to best meet the needs of the young people in the area. But ultimately we hope that most young people come to the GYP simply because they know it’s a good place to be!
Our team of full time staff, sessional workers and volunteers are skilled in: youth participation, individual support, health and wellbeing, arts, drama, games, music, so you name it, it can happen at Girton Youth Project!!
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GYP have their own website at www.girtonyouthproject.co.uk
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What is YMCA Respect Project?
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has launched Respect, a FREE Big Lottery Funded programme, which aims to raise awareness of and support those affected by youth domestic abuse across the region.
Delivered through group work and workshops, Respect seeks to help break the cycle of youth domestic abuse through working with both those young people being victimised by abusive behaviour and those who enact abusive behaviour. The project also reaches out to work with families and local schools .
Our FREE 6 week programme is a confidential safe place where people can come along and explore what respect within a relationship means to them, how to give it and how to receive it.
YMCA has devised a programme to raise awareness of an ever growing issue using a innovative approach – Solution Focused Approach.
Solution focused approaches differ from other ways of working in that the focus is on understanding solutions to work towards a problem free future, rather than understanding problems. With this in mind, the programme is designed to help participants acknowledge that something is not going well in their life, and giving them an option to do things differently.
Our facilitators will deliver the programme through group sessions. Each session is one hour long and will take place once a week, over a 6 week period. Each session will be followed by a drop in service for any person who would like to discuss matters arising.
The wider programme will also include workshops to be held in schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough targeting all pupils from 11-16 years old. The sessions will look at ways in which young people can respect themselves and avoid harm caused by others, through exploring their understanding of what a healthy relationship is.
Who is it for?
The Respect Project requires the following acceptance criteria:
If you are interested in learning more about the project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01733 373183 or 07799 901502.
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What is Reparation?
Reparation simply means repairing or making amends for a wrong or harm that has been done.
A young person, between the ages of 10 – 18 years, may be awarded a reparation order by a youth court. Dependent upon the type of crime and the young person’s history of offending, this can take the form of:
Young offenders can say sorry for their offending behaviour by giving something back either directly – to an individual, a group or an organisation – or indirectly to their local community – the aim with all forms of reparation is to reduce the chance of the young person re-offending.
The YMCA’s Reparation Service’s key aims are:
We currently work at 14 different activity venues across Cambridgeshire offering young people the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of work eg. woodskills sessions, gardening, painting and decorating etc. in a variety of settings eg. schools, churches, cemeteries, community halls, supported housing etc.
In an average month the YMCA Reparation Service will:
The YMCA Reparation Service is commissioned by the Cambridgeshire County Council Youth Offending Service.
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Would you like to know more! Please download our Guide to Reparation Provision 2015 – Support & Advice Booklet
or Click here for our Reparation mini film!!
Have you been inspired to join us as a Reparation Service volunteer? If so please contact the Reparation Activities Coordinator on 01733 373172 or email email@example.com for more information.