More communities to benefit as YMCA charities merge

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YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and YMCA Suffolk celebrate their new joint identity as YMCA Trinity Group, following a successful merger.

The charities have decided to unite as a result of a meeting of culture and ambition across the two organisations. The newly formed YMCA Trinity Group will provide wider services for more people across more communities. The merger is a natural fit in terms of the charities’ approach to working with young people and their commitment to providing a sustainable future fit for their needs.

Jonathan Martin, Chief Executive of YMCA Trinity Group, and formerly Chief Executive of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, commented: “Both charities were already in a strong position to deliver on our ambitions, but by coming together as one organisation and combining our skills and expertise we can be more creative and sustainable.

“YMCA Trinity Group is a fantastic opportunity to diversify our service offering. At YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, we have an excellent track record in mental health, while YMCA Suffolk brings with them a very strong nursery and youth work offering.”

Rowena Kerslake, Deputy Chief Executive of YMCA Trinity Group, and formerly Chief Executive of YMCA Suffolk, said: “This exciting merger will make us a much more diverse organisation, one which is larger and more resilient against future challenges.

“The charity landscape as a whole is facing numerous external factors outside of its control and this merger will enable us to now consolidate our efforts more sustainably and protect the impact which our work has on young people well into the future.”

This merger follows a trend of consolidation across YMCAs nationally, and both YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and YMCA Suffolk have a history of mergers within their own organisations. Coming together to form a new charity is a natural fit in terms of YMCA’s approach to working with young people and their commitment to providing a sustainable future fit for their needs.

YMCA facts

  • YMCA, a charity with Christian roots and ethos, is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world that intensively supports 228,000 young people every year in England and Wales.
  • YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and YMCA Suffolk were among 133 local YMCAs in England and Wales.
  • YMCA operates in over 530 different communities in England impacting upon the lives of over 600,000 people every year.
  • YMCAs provide almost 10,000 beds for young people every night. YMCA is the largest voluntary sector provider of safe, supported accommodation for young men and women.
  • YMCA enables nearly 43,000 people every year to engage in education, skills and training to enable them to improve their opportunities in the job market.
  • YMCA is the largest voluntary sector provider of health and wellbeing services promoting physical activity.
  • For further information please visit www.theymca.org.uk