Our history stretches back to 1870…

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As the largest YMCA in Europe YMCA St Paul’s Group has a rich history going back over 140 years. In 1870 concerned people from churches in the Kingston and Wimbledon area decided to come together to reach out to young people in their community. These churches were focused on taking the Christian good news message,…

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)

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mental health

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) and the theme is stress. Two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetime, and stress is a major player. The Mental Health Foundation has a Stress Test – how do you score? Release Counselling is based at YMCA Surbiton and offers support…

Residents at YMCA Surbiton showcase their art to the public

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residents art

Residents at YMCA Surbiton and local members of the community are currently exhibiting their art in in the café at the hostel. It’s a showcase of paintings from the Arts & Crafts studio that takes place every Tuesday 6-8pm, run by former resident Daiva Daugeliene. “We are open to everyone no matter their age or…

“If you have the right support, you’ll be fine”

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YMCA Northolt Grange is a 10-bed mother and baby hostel for young mums aged between 16 and 21. Warm, welcoming and supportive, this hostel provides a safe place for them to learn how to be independent. It’s run by Senior Housing Support Officer Rose Wright. Katrina Brogden, 19, moved into YMCA Northolt Grange hostel just…

How we support young people when they are in crisis

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young people in crisis

YMCA St Paul’s Group works with many young people across its areas, and we often talk about the success of the projects, but it’s also important to tell the stories of young people in crisis and how we support them. YMCA Britwell in Slough is a house where 10 Looked After Children stay, aged between…

Our special Commissioning Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Commissioning Service

On Tuesday 8 May YMCA St Paul’s Group held a commissioning service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Association Trustees, stakeholders and staff attended a special service where the union of four YMCAs – YMCA West London, YMCA London South West, YMCA East London and YMCA Slough – was blessed and celebrated, under a new…