Staying active over the festive period

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Mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas dinner – ‘tis truly the season for indulgence. While the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to treat yourself, it doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your fitness routine. Although hitting the gym doesn’t have to be a priority, if you keep up…

Meet our trustee Gerald Chifamba

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male standing outside YMCA centre Why did you want to become a trustee? I wasn’t originally looking to become a trustee I actually wanted to stay connected with the YMCA . Having been involved in YMCA work for a while I wanted to help out but as things developed, I found myself being offered a role as a trustee. Many...

Approval of Hampton Pool New Development Plans

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As operator, we are pleased to announce that Hampton Pool Trust’s exciting proposals to develop Hampton Pool to provide fit-for-purpose buildings and infrastructure were approved by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames Planning Committee at their meeting on 18 November 2020.   The Trust’s plans, which developed with the support of YMCA and Architect’s Wimshurst Pelleriti,…

Celebrating our staff with the Star Awards 2020

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Despite not being able to celebrate together in person, this week we hosted our annual Star Awards virtually to recognise the phenomenal achievements and contributions teams and individuals have made across the charity. All the nominees from Health and Wellbeing were fantastic, which goes to show how excellent the department has been throughout the past…

Black Lives Matter

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black lives matter As YMCA St Paul’s Group we are upset and angered by the images coming out of America because of the unlawful killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. What happened to George Floyd was very wrong but what it has uncovered is something in society which is tragic and too easily...

Life during the lockdown

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I recently heard the Coronavirus poem by Welsh comedian and poet, Max Boyce, “When just the tide goes out”. This poignant and funny poem talks about the change in our world and how the streets are all like Sundays with shops closed and no one about. In the midst of this stillness the caring still…

Challenge 2.6

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challenge 26 poster In place of the London Marathon, Virgin Giving are hosting Challenge 2.6. Instead of 26 miles of London roads, up and down the country people will be raising money together by doing fundraising activities around the number 2.6. Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our staff efforts and join in...