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.

Lighthouse Café Donations

Lighthouse Café is a warm and welcoming place where residents can drop in, relax, socialise and enjoy something to eat. 

Lighthouse Café provides a hub for other resident groups to take place, including a music group, chapel space, football group and our ‘New Beginnings’ wellbeing project.

On a Friday, we continue to run ‘Food Boost’, an appeal set up during lockdown, where members of our staff team cook and deliver hot meals for residents living in YMCA accommodation across Exeter. 

We have also recently launched a Lighthouse Training Programme, where residents can get involved and gain valuable Café experience.

If you would like to donate food or kitchen equipment to Lighthouse Café, please email or call us on 01392 410530. 

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
Gift Aid is a scheme available to charities enabling us to claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, from the HMRC.
If you pay at least the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds, we can claim the additional funds from the HMRC.  In this way Gift Aid can increase the value of your donations to us by 25%.
Please tick this box to help us turn £1 into £1.25, £10 into £12.50 and £100 into £125!

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 feel free to email or call us by using the contact details below:

01392 410530