As a local charity, we work with young people who need our help the most. They have often been homeless, experience poor mental health and can lack purpose for their lives.

Since 1846, we have continuously adapted to meet the needs of young people in each generation and the demands of Covid-19 are once again requiring us to deliver services in new and innovative ways.

The consequences of Covid-19 are far-reaching and the young people we support are really feeling the mental and physical effects. From increased anxiety and social isolation, to loosing employment and struggling to access food, we are supporting young people in the ways they need it most.

During the global pandemic, our additional support has included:

  • Increasing our rent bursary fund so residents can access small grants that will help them meet their rent if they have lost employment
  • Collecting prescriptions for those who need medication yet are self-isolating
  • Providing hot meals and food support throughout the winter months

By making either a regular or one-off donation, you will help us maintain our service provision and meet increased local need.

Emergency Food Boost Appeal

In response to an increased need and the decline in physical and mental health of some of our young people, we are providing additional food relief during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for those at risk of hunger.

Incorporating another cooking session in the week, separate from our existing community meal, we’re going to be making hot meals throughout the winter and delivering them to our residents. We’ll also be including a menu card for them to replicate healthy meals and including fresh fruit to help build their immunities.

Over the coming months we’ll be purchasing food, fresh fruit, new kitchen equipment and allocating more time each week to run the project.

Please note, unless otherwise requested, all donations we received through our website in November 2020 have been allocated towards our Food Boost Appeal. 

Become a Friend

Please consider making a single donation or becoming a Friend of YMCA Exeter to make a donation each month. You can become a Friend by setting up a standing order with your bank to the following details or by using the CAF form below. Friends receive membership to our e-newsletter and exclusive invitations to our gratitude events throughout the year:

  • Account name: City of Exeter YMCA
  • Account number: 00982170
  • S/C: 12-13-55 Ref: Friends

For every £1 of income we receive:

  • 77p is spent on providing supported accommodation, mental health intervention and community support initiatives
  • 15p is spent on Christian leadership and governance
  • 8p is spent on fundraising and generating sustainable income
  • Service provision
  • Leadership and governance
  • Fundraising and income

Donate by text

  • Text YMCA to 70085 to donate £10


  • Add a number after YMCA to donate that amount e.g. YMCA3 to donate £3

Leave a gift in your Will

As we move towards our 175th anniversary in 2021, we invite you leave a gift in your Will and help us leave a legacy in Exeter that will last for many years to come. Your gift will help ensure that YMCA Exeter is here in another 175 years.

This could be a gift of £175, £1,750 or £17,500 to help celebrate our 175th Anniversary, or it could be any other amount you choose at your discretion.

To help you in your journey, please call our team on 01392 410530 or email to arrange a confidential, no obligation chat.


To speak to us about fundraising, making a donation or how we spend our income, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Bethan Spencer:

01392 410530