Who We Are

YMCA Norfolk is a Christian charity committed to supporting young people to enable them to reach their full potential. We believe that all young people deserve to have a safe place to live and a supportive environment in which to develop. We work to support disadvantaged young people who are at a point of crisis in their lives.

Many of the young people we support have complex needs including those affected by homelessness, family breakdown, domestic violence, isolation, disrupted education, offending and poor physical and mental health.

We provide a range of services for young people and their families through which they can receive professional information, advice, accommodation and support. We take a holistic approach to providing support with the objective of developing young people’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

We have services throughout Norfolk, in both rural and urban areas. Our work takes place in a variety of settings including: schools, youth clubs, in the community and within our own accommodation centres.

We provide a safe home for 260 vulnerable young people every night. We have a range of housing to meet the needs of each young person, from emergency accommodation schemes to longer term provision and support each young person to develop their basic living skills to move into work, education or training and progress into independent living.

We work alongside young people and families to develop key skills, confidence and motivation to enable young people to make positive transitions to adulthood and prevent family breakdown.

We are part of the global YMCA family which is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world reaching around 45 million members in 119 countries. Within England there are 121 local YMCAs.

Whilst YMCA Norfolk is a member of the worldwide YMCA movement it is completely autonomous and does not receive any national or international funding.