About Us

YMCA Cornwall was established in 1877 and from its very earliest days has provided supportive accommodation to young people in need. As an autonomous charity we rely on donations and grants to fund much of our work.

YMCA Cornwall is a Christian charity committed to helping young people, particularly at times of need, regardless of faith.

Today, we offer supported housing for young people aged 16 – 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We provide a safe, stable environment for residents along with guidance from a team of dedicated support workers. Together these elements provide a secure foundation from which young people can move towards independent living, remain in education and find employment.

We provide 40 self-contained flats and bedsits for young people in Penzance and the surrounding community; in 2017/18 we are responding to demand by creating 14 new flats.

Our Penzance site has a coffee shop and a range of rooms that can be hired for meetings, family events and fitness activities; profits from our social enterprise are reinvested in YMCA Cornwall to help young people. You can enjoy a range of fitness activities every day, organised by independent fitness instructors and dance tutors.

YMCA Cornwall has a nursery in Mullion providing professional childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds in Mullion, Helston, The Lizard and the surrounding area.

Across England there are 114 independent YMCAs and YMCA England has charity shops in the community to help support their work. Each one is a thriving and active community and an autonomous charity that is transforming lives. YMCA is the largest and the oldest group of independent charities working with young people in the world.