YMCA Changing Futures Evaluation

What is the purpose of the report?

A Game of Two Halves: An evaluation of Changing Futures and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is a report by DSC, comissioned by YMCA.

This report examines what a selected number of YMCAs have done with Changing Futures, a national programme from YMCA England & Wales which aims to help young people aged 11–18 to experience positive mental health more often. The ultimate aim of the programme is to ensure that young people feel they can belong, contribute and thrive and are able to achieve their potential.

What does it cover?

  • An overview of the Changing Futures programme
  • Case studies from six YMCAs
  • Exploring the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic: what’s next for Changing Futures?
  • Recomendations

What did people say?

Graham Oatridge, Business Development Manager, YMCA: “The Directory of Social Change (DSC) brought with them expertise, experience and advice, all of which have been fundamental in navigating through programme changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you would expect, DSC’s approach has been grounded in proven methodologies but the real skill has been their ability to apply these in a real world setting, making it practicable for non-experts to apply.

I am grateful to DSC for their guidance and obvious commitment to providing a high quality end product.”


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