YMCA Together

To inspire and support people to change their lives by instilling hope, valuing the person and maximising potential.
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https://ymcatogether.org.uk/

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YMCA Together provides accommodation, support, and childcare to people who are homeless or have suffered domestic abuse, as well as those with mental health or addiction problems. It also helps children from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

In 1846, poverty was rife in Liverpool and the docks brought people into the city in search of a better life. Liverpool Young Men’s Christian Association was established to address social problems, including child poverty, problematic alcohol use, literacy challenges, and unemployment, by providing sanctuary to people in need.

The organisation has seen many changes since it was founded, but its aims and principles remain the same. It still provides support and encouragement to people in need, offering 300 beds across Liverpool, Sefton, and Knowsley, which amounts to 109,500 bed spaces per year.

In 2011, it opened Dutch Farm, which provides horticultural education and training to those it supports, and in 2019 a 33-bed, residential rehab centre was built.

YMCA Together has been shaped around five core principles: strength, humility, respect, empathy and kindness. Staff are asked to mold their day-to-day work around these principles to ensure that what they do has a positive impact on both clients and colleagues.

Over the past year, showing staff, many of whom are in support roles and not able to work remotely, how much they are valued has been key. A fun day, a memorial event for service-users and a colleague who died during the pandemic and an awards ceremony were among those that took place.

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My Team

92% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Each service organises regular treat days which could consist of bringing in food for staff to eat together, or organising a therapist to give staff wellbeing treatments.
Personal Growth

88% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

The Y Leadership management programme covers organisational development, human resources, finance and budget management, health and safety, and looking at environmental impact and marketing. There are in-house courses about working in a psychologically informed environment.
Giving Something Back

92% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

A memorial garden has been set up at YMCA Together's Dutch Farm, in Liverpool, for those who have died in homelessness or homeless services. It has been welcomed by friends and family of those who have lost their lives, often at an age well below the average life span.
My Team
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92% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Each service organises regular treat days which could consist of bringing in food for staff to eat together, or organising a therapist to give staff wellbeing treatments.
Personal Growth
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88% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

The Y Leadership management programme covers organisational development, human resources, finance and budget management, health and safety, and looking at environmental impact and marketing. There are in-house courses about working in a psychologically informed environment.
Giving Something Back
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92% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

A memorial garden has been set up at YMCA Together's Dutch Farm, in Liverpool, for those who have died in homelessness or homeless services. It has been welcomed by friends and family of those who have lost their lives, often at an age well below the average life span.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1846
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
39
Employee average age
38% : 62%
Male : Female employee ratio
5%
Employees earning £35k+
11%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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This year YMCA Together celebrates our 175th birthday, throughout our history the teams that have volunteered and worked for us have been the crucial element to ensuring we can support people experiencing challenging times in their lives. Best Companies enables us to check out how we’re doing supporting our teams, to know where we’re doing well and where we can improve. When our team feels cared for then they are in the best possible position to deliver care and kindness in their roles across the organisation. We’re looking forward to the results and continuing to be a Best Company to work for.

Ellie McNeil, Chief Executive - YMCA Together

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