A call to support the YMCA campaign to restore Youth Services

We have received the following request from the YMCA. Can you help by signing their petition?

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YMCA President, the Archbishop of York, is calling on church congregations to sign a petition in support of YMCA’s campaign for the restoration of Youth Services. Please would you publicise this call to action to your church congregations.

Will you speak out for our young people?

Youth services, like youth clubs and youth workers, exist to provide a sense of belonging, a safe space, and the opportunity for some of the most vulnerable young people, to enjoy being young.

But sadly, young people have suffered as a direct result of funding cuts across England and Wales. Since 2010/2011, youth services have been cut by 70% – resulting in the loss of hundreds of youth clubs and youth worker jobs.

“It is of great concern to me that young people are reporting that they feel increasingly isolated, that their mental wellbeing is worsening and that they feel more vulnerable to violence and crime. This is against a background of dramatic year on year cuts in spending on Youth Services. In this campaign YMCA is calling for these cuts to be reversed so that we can reinvest in the wellbeing of our young people.

I commend the campaign to you and encourage you to add your voice to this call for change.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu


Sign our petition online at ymca.org.uk/churchesforyouth

To order printed petition sheets and for further information and materials, please contact: campaigns@ymca.org.uk or 020 7186 9542

Thank you so much for your help, which is very much appreciated.

With every blessing,
Reverend Tim Harford