We’re supporting the Be Real Campaign

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Schoolgirl happy in YMCA

We’re supporting the Be Real Campaign after new YMCA research revealed today that half of young people have been bullied about the way they look, with many experiencing bullying at least once a week. Most of the bullying focuses on weight and body shape, with 60% of young people admitting they tried to change their…

Why we’re changing our name to St Paul’s Group

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Young man happy at YMCA St Paul's Group

YMCA St Paul’s Group is forming a large and local association called YMCA St Paul’s Group that will work across London and the metropolitan area. We joined with YMCA Slough early in 2018, and we’re planning to join with YMCA West London on 1 April 2018, after having joined with YMCA East London in 2017….

Laughs and Scarves at Searchlight Centre, New Malden

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laughs and scarves

Our new Laughs and Scarves exercise class at the Searchlight Centre on Kingston Road in New Malden is proving very popular, especially with members of local learning disability charity Kingston Mencap, which is based at the centre. Laughs and Scarves is a relaxed group fitness class, set to toe-tapping music and part of our Inclusive…

How the Winter Night Shelter helped me turn my life around

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Group of lads happy at the shelter

Rob Lowe, aged 38, is a recent guest at the Merton Winter Night Shelter and has been living at YMCA Wimbledon for the past 3 weeks. Struggling with recovery from alcohol and substance mis-use, Rob left his job as a scaffolder and broke up with his partner, leaving behind his 17 year old daughter and…