Purpose, principles and partnerships

Our purpose

To create safe, caring places for people in challenging times, meeting them where they’re at and helping them to make the most of what comes next.

Operating Principles

We will always work to our purpose and values, operating across four core strands: 

  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Problematic drug and alcohol use 
  • Mental health issues.

We recognise that we achieve more when we work together. Our organisation is committed to transparent collaboration with our teams, partner organisations, funders, and commissioners.

We tender for services only where there is a new commission, a gap in service, or where the current service doesn’t meet the needs of the people it serves. Except in these cases, we do not compete directly with other voluntary sector organisations or develop solely for business growth.

Partnership working

We know that we’re not experts in all areas of work. Therefore, we work with partners who share our values to increase and improve our services. 

We will assess any new partnership against our purpose, values, and operating principles.

Our SHREK Values


Strength – In showing strength we recognise the work we do is hard, that at times we need to make difficult decisions and in order to do this we need to be strong.

Humility –  To show humility is to be humble, to not show arrogance and or to think that you are better than others. It’s about team work and togetherness and when all of this is actioned people feel included.

Respect –  When we respect each other and the people we work alongside we help to foster inclusion and cohesion

Empathy – Empathy is our doing with and not doing to, it recognises that in order to support people we need to connect with our feelings and then when we are really connected we can begin to understand another’s journey.

Kindness – Kindness is talked about a lot, within this we think about the small enactments, the giving out of food, not being controlling in how resources are shared or the being alongside people in difficult times. 


Our story

Work for us

Are you kind, caring and committed to helping others? 

Looking for rewarding work that makes a genuine difference to people in need? 

Look no further than YMCA Together – officially the best charity to work for in the UK*

YMCA Together gives hope to people experiencing challenging times. We provide safe, caring spaces, meeting people where they’re at and helping them make the most of whatever comes next.   

Volunteer at YMCA Together

When you volunteer with YMCA Together, you make a genuine difference. 

You give hope to people experiencing homelessness and challenging times. You let them see there are people who understand what they’re going through. And you show them you’ll be there for them, wherever they’re at. We have roles to suit everyone’s skills.

Our Team

Our Partnerships

In 2021 YMCA Together were proudly awarded the NAVAJO Chartermark.

Navajo is an equality mark supported by LGBTQ Community networks across Merseyside. It is a signifier of good practice, commitment and knowledge of the specific needs, issues and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people across Merseyside and Cheshire.

The Navajo Merseyside Consultative Partnership was formed in 2010 and over 60 cross-sector partners now intend to achieve the Chartermark standards. On the 17th May 2012 the first ever award ceremony was held in Liverpool to celebrate the achievements of the first organisations to gain the Chartermark.

For more information about NAVAJO and how to be involved please visit their website:Navajo – In-Trust: Merseyside


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