We live in an increasingly interdependent world where the root causes of poverty experienced young people can be far from their communities. To secure justice for the worlds most vulnerable young people, Y Care International works to create changes in the UK and Ireland.

Through our global youth work, we support marginalised young people to learn about the world in which they live and to campaign for positive change.

Through our campaigning and advocacy, we ensure the UK Government uses its influence to stand up for young people in the Global South.

We support fundraising efforts to ensure that everyone can contribute to changes for young people.

Explore what we do in UK & Ireland

Volunteer helps create TV advert on domestic violence against men

Togo, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Volunteering leads to dream jobs

UK & Ireland

The NCS Pathfinders residential at YMCA Lakeside gave young people from across the UK the chance to build their confidence and trust in each other. Photo: Bradford YMCA

International Citizen Service

Y Care International celebrates Youth Work Week 2016

UK & Ireland

This week we'll be sharing stories of the inspiring young people we work with and our work that helps them build brighter futures.

Global Youth Work, International Citizen Service

Y Care International volunteer wins YMCA Youth Matters Award

Bangladesh, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Meet the Youth Engagement Panel

UK & Ireland

The Youth Engagement Panel advise us on how to reach out to young people in the UK and Ireland.

Global Youth Work, International Citizen Service

Young YMCA leader wanted to join Youth Engagement Panel

UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Y Care International at Charity Times Awards

UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Y Care International appoints new Chair

UK & Ireland

Y Care International volunteer wins ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award

Togo, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

KKR investment firm to hold fundraiser for Y Care International

UK & Ireland

Enterprise & Employability

Young volunteers deliver nation’s message to 10 Downing Street

UK & Ireland

Y Care International volunteers will be handing in thousands of postcards to No.10 to highlight the UK public’s opinion on international development.

International Citizen Service

A year in youth work: Our highlights of 2015

UK & Ireland

Global Youth Work, International Citizen Service

Guest blog: The YMCA is more than just a song – it’s a movement

UK & Ireland

Returned ICS volunteers James Crawley and Josh Lewis were at Camp Climate learning about climate change and advocating for climate action.

International Citizen Service

Y Care International volunteers head to Paris to take action on climate change

UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Join us to be a torch bearer of new Global Goals

UK & Ireland

This Saturday ICS volunteers who have recently returned from volunteering overseas will come together to overlook the Houses of Parliament, bear their torches, and make their voice heard. Photo: Robbie Cheyne/YCI

International Citizen Service

ICS volunteers raise Global Goal flag at 10 Downing Street

UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

We’re ready to light the way to a better world

UK & Ireland

We’re ready to light the way to a better world

International Citizen Service

ICS volunteers help deliver World’s Best News

UK & Ireland

Returned International Citizen volunteers will be in Newcastle and Glasgow this week handing newspapers featuring positive stories about international development. Photo: ICS

International Citizen Service

action/2015 super summer tour starts in Edinburgh

UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

ICS volunteer nominated for YMCA Youth Matters Award

Togo, UK & Ireland

Online voting is now open at www.ymca.org.uk. You have until midnight on Friday 14 August to vote for your finalist. Photo: YMCA England

Youth Justice, International Citizen Service

Invitation to ICS Youth Summit – book your place now

UK & Ireland

Invitation to ICS Youth Summit – book your place now. Photo: ICS

Global Youth Work

action/2015 update: An evening with Bill Gates

Senegal, UK & Ireland

Nimisha Vara (far right) with the rest of the action/2015 campaign team at the Bill Gate Q&A hosted by Global Citizen.

International Citizen Service

Y Care International at the YMCA England Annual Conference

UK & Ireland

Y Care International CEO discusses Y Care International's role in changing young lives around the world at the YMCA National Conference. Photo: YMCA England

Adam Leach welcomes DFID’s commitment to civil society review

UK & Ireland

“We want to create a relationship with civil society that is more strategic, has more depth, and is more efficient, so we can deliver even more for the world’s poorest.

Bims Alalade on developing young people’s employability

UK & Ireland

Bims Alalade, Director of HR at YMCA England provides employability guidance to returned ICS volunteers.

Enterprise & Employability, International Citizen Service

Campaigning for Tools for Recovery at St Helens YMCA

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai (second from left) from Liberia YMCA meeting staff at St Helens YMCA to talk about our Tools for Recovery campaign. Photo: St Helens YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

ICS volunteers meet employers at job readiness workshop

UK & Ireland

ICS volunteers got top tips from youth work professionals on how to sell the skills learned overseas. Photo: Allys Thomas/ICS

Enterprise & Employability, International Citizen Service

Running 100 miles to help rebuild lives after Ebola

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Every donation we receive before August 2nd 2015, the UK government will match pound for pound thanks to the UK government’s Aid Match scheme. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Creating more second chances with Tools for Recovery

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Guest blog: You can help empower young people after crises

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai from Liberia YMCA speaking to Y Care International supporters about the Tools for Recovery campaign to rebuild lives after Ebola. Photo: Rodolfo Netto/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Help us put vulnerable communities on the map

Bangladesh, UK & Ireland

Missing Maps is teaming up with Y Care International to map two locations in Bangladesh. Photo: YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Tom’s Tour Diary: Sharing the stories of families during Ebola

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamboakai outside Fairthorne Manor, our last stop as we toured YMCAs across the UK to raise awareness and vital funds for our Tools for recovery campaign. Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Global Youth Work

Tom’s Tour Diary: The links between Monrovia and Swansea

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai with youth workers, other staff and volunteers of Swansea YMCA. Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Global Youth Work

Tom’s Tour Diary: The Generosity of Greenhill YMCA

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai from Liberia YMCA at Greenhill YMCA, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Global Youth Work

Guest blog: Crises continue even if the news headlines stop

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Andy Hamilton and Tim Kamboakai at Greenhill YMCA Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Guest blog: YMCAs in Europe can take action against global poverty

Liberia, UK & Ireland

From left to right: YMCA Chief Executive Kerry Reilly, Tim Kamaboakai from LIberia YMCA, and YMCA Europe Secretary General Juan Simoes. Photo: Robbie Cheyne/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Robbie’s Tour Diary: Talking Tools For Recovery in Rotherham

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Y Care International's Robbie Cheyne is touring YMCAs across the UK with guests from Liberia to raise awareness about our Tools for Recovery Campaign.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Robbie’s Tour Diary: Liberia to Liverpool to tackle Ebola

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Robbie’s Tour Diary: Kicking off at North Staffs YMCA

Liberia, UK & Ireland

North Staffordshire YMCA's practice run of their own ‘Join Hands’ challenge to show solidarity with youn people affected by Ebola. The real event will take place on July 11th! Find out more below.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Tim and Robbie hit the road for Tools for Recovery tour

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Y Care International's Robbie Cheyne with Tim Kamaboakai from Liberia YMCA will be visiting YMCAs across the country for the Tools for Recovery campaign. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCAs, youth organisations and the wider public in the UK and Ireland help us to champion marginalised young people around the world. You can campaign, donate, volunteer, fundraise, and educate others and help us achieve more.

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