Platform 51 to change its name to the Young Women's Trust

The charity, formerly known as YWCA England & Wales, will adopt its new name in November as part of a major restructure

Platform 51: young women's charity changes name
Platform 51: young women's charity changes name

Platform 51, the women’s charity formerly known as YWCA England & Wales, will change its name to the Young Women’s Trust in November.

The move comes less than three years after the charity – which was founded in 1855 and provides support for girls and women through courses, group activities and counselling, and campaigns on their behalf – renamed itself Platform 51.

At the time, the charity said the name YWCA England & Wales "no longer stood for anything" and led to it being confused with YMCA England. The name Platform 51, which referred to the fact that 51 per cent of people are female, was criticised at the time for being confusing.

The most recent name change is part of a major restructure of the charity. Internal documents seen by Third Sector revealed that the charity intends to transfer most of its face-to-face services to The Cyrenians, reduce the size of the organisation and relocate the remaining functions to one office in London. The documents said that the charity would retain YWCA England & Wales as its legal name.

A spokeswoman for the charity said it would launch a new website when the new name was officially announced in November, but was unable to provide any further information until then.

She said she was unable to provide an update on the restructure.

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