Established in 1857 YMCA Bradford is an independent charity linked to the YMCA movement in England by affiliation. Our primary purpose is to provide services, support and activities for young people across the Bradford district, with a particular focus on those in greatest need.
YMCA Bradford offers a range of provision from short courses up to full-time programmes, and support services designed to meet the needs of children, young people and families in need of extra support. We particularly specialise in working with challenging children and young people, including young offenders (those at risk) and children or young people who are very disengaged. Wherever possible we work holistically with whole families and in partnership with other involved agencies.
Our work includes:
- Providing education and training opportunities, such as personal development and life-skills programmes leading to formal accreditation. These are particularly targeted at those not in employment, education or training
- Helping young people to participate fully in their communities, for example through volunteering activities and projects which improve the local environment
- Helping young people to avoid crime and anti-social behaviour, by engaging those at greatest risk in positive, socially inclusive activities and providing intensive support for individual young offenders.
The YMCA triangle is at the heart of everything we do and represents our holistic and personalised approach to supporting and promoting the development and health in Body, Mind, and Spirit.
- Body – Promoting and encouraging physical health and wellbeing
- Mind – Promoting and encouraging positive mental and emotional health and well-being
- Spirit – Development of confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and spirituality enabling CYP to actively contribute to and feel a part of their local communities.