Though our relationship with YMCA is very much a natural partnership based on shared values and a commitment to serving the Nottingham community, it was forged in response to adversity.
In 2018, the Malt Cross hit hard times and had to close. It was a difficult, uncertain time, until YMCA Robin Hood Group stepped in to save the venue and charity. YMCA pledged to keep the soul and legacy of the Malt Cross alive by featuring all the services the award-winning venue delivered, including the bar and café. The Malt Cross Trust remains a separate registered charity but works closely with YMCA, whose senior leaders serve on the board.
YMCA is the world’s oldest youth charity, formed of regional units that are agile enough to meet the needs of their local communities. Their core vision is inspiring:
We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to discover who they are and all they can become.
They really mean that, designing programmes and events for vulnerable young people in need of support, and awarding scholarships to those who might otherwise miss out. Whether it’s Y’s Girls (a programme that pairs girls aged 9-14 facing mental health difficulties with suitable mentors) the provision of residential care, or any other service, YMCA work tirelessly to support the most vulnerable in the community.
Our partnership programmes include the School of Artisan Food project and Adventure Guides cooking classes.