West Kent YMCA is a local Christian charity.
We work primarily with young men and women - of all faiths and none - many of whom are facing major issues in their life - such as homelessness, family breakdown, emotional and mental health difficulties, neglect, drug or alcohol abuse, school exclusion or who may be young parents, ex-offenders or victims of crime. It is our priviledge to support and empower them for part of their journey...
We focus on:
Helping Young People Build Their Future
We aim to:
Motivate, Engage, Equip and Empower young people in West Kent
Offer skills for life, for work and for living
We are affiliated to SEN [South East Network of YMCAs], YMCA England, Y Care and the global YMCA movement, but we are managed by local trustees with signicant ideas and input from local young people themselves - so we can best respond to local need, continously evaluating and adapting our programmes and projects to make a lasting difference in the lives of young people and within our whole community.
The charity’s operations currently focus on these main areas:
– recycling 300 tonnes [a year] of furniture & electrical items to provide supported employment, volunteering and training. More than just a charity shop - we probably reach more parts of our community than you could ever imagine... we even offer some items on our eBay 4 Charity shop..