Christmas Sprouts!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Now what is it about sprouts!? Each year at Christmas they get a bad press – but each year thousands of sprouts are eaten! People say they don’t like them, they’re too soggy, they haven’t been cooked properly, they’re boring – but maybe that’s precisely it. Sprouts can be boring and over-cooked, just like the…

Metro Bank have been digging deep

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We were delighted to host a team of fantastic volunteers from Metro Bank, Wimbledon, at YMCA Hawker earlier this month. The team of volunteers got their hands dirty tidying up our community garden areas and even brought along their own tools to help with the expense of the project. Metro Bank contacted YMCA St Paul’s…

YMCA St Paul’s Group Celebrates Wimbledon Development Milestone

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This week, Tuesday 15 November, YMCA St Paul’s Group, Thornsett and Neilcott Construction marked a major milestone in the redevelopment of the YMCA Wimbledon – a new state-of-the-art building facing on to The Broadway, Wimbledon. This ceremony marked the ‘topping out’ of the new YMCA Wimbledon building, an exciting development that, when complete, will also…

Farewell and Thanks to President Bishop Richard Cheetham

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YMCA St Paul’s Group is saying farewell and thank you to Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, after 20 years as President of our charity that supports and empowers young and vulnerable people across London. During his farewell tour, Bishop Richard visited YMCA Wimbledon where he was welcomed by Richard James, Chief Executive…

On behalf of YMCA St Paul’s Group 

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It is with great sadness that we, alongside our YMCA family acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.    We recognise this grave loss, we are reminded of Her Majesty’s selfless devotion to our nation and to the Commonwealth, providing commendable leadership and continuity during times of crisis and of celebration.   This year marks the 70th anniversary…

Happy Pride!

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We were delighted to attended London Pride this year! Some of our staff, including our LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group, represented YMCA St Paul’s Group at the celebration of queer identity and inclusion.   We arrived early to avoid losing each other, meeting at Buckingham Palace and taking in a trooping of the colour before joining the…

Youth Consultation Report 2022

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Everyone should have a fair chance to discover who they are and what they can become. YMCA believes in fairness and opportunity. There are essential building blocks for a full and rewarding life: a safe home; acceptance; guidance; friendship; physical and mental health; academic support; employment skills; and access to real opportunities. Many young people…

Coping with Loneliness

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friendship 900x600 - Coping with Loneliness Loneliness is different from being alone or being on your own. Loneliness may happen when you’re surrounded by people. So what is loneliness. Loneliness is, “the difference between your desired levels of social contact and your actual levels of social contact”. So it’s not just about being with people, it’s about how you connect with...

Merton Winter Night Shelter is on the move!

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After 10 years under the guardianship of YMCA St Paul’s Group, Merton Winter Night Shelter (MWNS) has merged with local registered charity Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project (FiA). FiA’s Trustees will assume overall responsibility for the Night Shelter, with its day-to-day operation of providing emergency shelter for street sleepers during the coldest winter months…