Becoming a modern pilgrim

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Reaching a milestone birthday often inspires people to take on a new challenge, and this was the case for installation artist Sara Mark as she turned 60. She decided to tackle a 500 mile pilgrimage across Spain, referred to as a camino (meaning walk), to Santiago de Compostela.

A boy called Ned

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Ned loves the forest – it suits his creative nature. He loves the sounds, the smells, the noises. It’s a special place for this seven year old boy with autism and learning difficulties, which is why our Wild Play Days scheme suits him so well.

Residents show their artistic skills

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Residents from YMCA Surbiton attended a five week sculpture course run by sculptor Seamus Cuddihy http://www.seamuscuddihy.co.uk We think you’ll be impressed by their handiwork…

Summer holiday fun and games

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We popped in to see how the kids were doing today at our St John Fisher holiday playscheme – and they are having a fabulous time!

Olympic Fun Day

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What  super time was had by all yesterday at the Wimbledon South Park Gardens Olympic Fun Day! The event was a great way to get community organisations to work together and to connect with local families.

Wild Camp Out at YMCA Hawker

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Our Wild Camp Out at YMCA Hawker back in July was a huge success – all 40 of our pitches were snapped up by keen locals. We were also lucky to have donations from the All England Lawn Tennis club of tents, chairs, mats and sleeping bags (used by people who queued overnight to get…

Cycling in the Prudential RideLondon

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Our Director of Business Strategy Helen Brett and her husband Steve cycled in the Prudential RideLondon 100 last week. Here she talks about her experience, and why it’s so rewarding. If you feel inspired to cycle for YMCA St Paul’s Group next year and fund raise for us, do get in touch as we have…

Residents and staff perform at the Camden Fringe Festival

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This week saw the debut performance of “Poverty Pawn” by the Benchmark Theatre Company for the Camden Fringe Festival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town. Benchmark Theatre Company is made up of YMCA staff, residents and community members.