Casey Freeman MCN resident Housing Mansfield

‘I was quite introverted before the YMCA’s sports programme’

24-year-old Casey Freeman first received support from the YMCA’s supported housing five years ago. Living at the charity’s service in Mansfield, Casey now tells of how a pioneering sports programme sponsored by the Young People’s Fund helped develop their vital life and social skills.

Offering everything from boxing and golf to climbing, swimming and football, the sports programme is designed to empower formerly homeless young people with the chance to get active, learn enriching new life skills and build the social connections needed for them to belong, contribute and thrive in their communities.