21 February 2020


Zoe writes about the difference our work makes to young people in Doncaster. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.

“I belieeeve I can flllly, I belieeeeve I can touch the skkky!…” we’ve all been here before – whether in the shower, in the car, cooking our dinner or simply just walking down the street – we’ve all found ourselves singing our hearts out to I Believe I Can Fly.

I recently found myself testing out my lungs and singing the lyric “If I can see it, then I can do it, if I just believe it, there’s nothing to it”.

Now, Buzz Lightyear has taught us that this doesn’t necessarily mean that if we believe we can physically fly that we will. But it occurred to me how amazing it would be to be able to say that you really believe in yourself, and to believe that you are capable of achieving whatever you put your mind to.

Unfortunately, for a number of different reasons and in a number of different ways, many people do not feel as though they are good enough.

There is a pressure within society to be, act and look a certain way and this pressure can overwhelm people’s ability to believe in themselves. Many people are affected by such pressures, but particularly young people who are trying to find themselves and become young adults in a world in which they don’t feel they fit in with.

A lot of young people do not have anybody in their lives to believe in them – making it near impossible for them to believe in themselves.

That is why at YMCA Doncaster we are here to speak out for young people and help them find strength in their own voice. We provide the support that young people need to succeed, and we always strive to inspire everybody that we meet to realise their full potential.

We do this through our Supported Accommodation, which ultimately helps young people to re-build their lives – starting with a safe place that they can call home. Our support team also gives our residents someone to turn to when life is difficult – it gives them somebody who can believe in them, to help them to believe in themselves.

YMCA Doncaster is an independent charity and we have to find the funds to be able to provide our services to the young people of Doncaster. We wouldn’t have been able to do as much as we have so far without the support of the public and your generous donations -so thank you.

We need your help to continue our work with the vulnerable young people of our town and to be able to further our work within the community to help even more young people.

Can you help us make this happen? Can you help a young person believe they can fly?

If you would like to support our work then please donate today. There are many ways you can get involved – check out our support page for details on all of the ways you can help.

You can also read our clients’ stories to see just how much of a difference your donation can make.