This year commemorates a historic landmark in the long history of Exeter YMCA, which was founded in 1845 and was one of the very first YMCAs in the world. The milestone we are celebrating is the day our Residential Centre opened its doors 20 years ago in 1993. Since then, this centre has been providing safe supported accommodation for 31 homeless young people. We are marking this special occasion by holding a Service of Thanksgiving taking place in Exeter Cathedral to celebrate twenty years of supporting vulnerable young people in Exeter.
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City of Exeter YMCA
Exeter YMCA has been serving the most vulnerable people in our community for over 160 years. Today our work is focused on four main areas : Supported Accommodation – providing homes for homeless and disadvantaged young people with programmes of support to address individual needs; Prison Project – working with men in all three Devon prisons to assist them in tackling issues which led to offending behaviour; whilst giving many the opportunity to gain a qualification through our accredited courses; Job Club – working with disadvantaged people to help them obtain economic independence through employment. We provide an informal and unthreatening environment, where we can assist in many aspects of searching for employment. Our community job clubs are open to anyone experiencing difficulties finding work and who would like a helping hand. Community Outreach – our most recent venture is our youth work in communities and schools.
We are an independent local charity, with a volunteer Board made up of local people, affiliated to the national and international YMCA movement. This independence allows us to respond rapidly and creatively to the local situation.