He is Risen! A message for Easter Sunday from our lead chaplain Nicki

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YMCA Lead Chaplain Nicki Sudworth

On Good Friday I began my message with: “Here at YMCA we hold tightly to our Christian foundation and build on these values to ‘transform communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.’ ” So many of the people, young and old, who come through the doors of our centres (whether gyms,…

Understanding God in the Darkness: a message from our Lead Chaplain Nicki

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YMCA Lead Chaplain Nicki Sudworth

Here at YMCA we hold tightly to our Christian foundation and build on these values to ‘transform communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.’ So why does understanding God in the darkness matter? Throughout the bible, beginning in Genesis chapter 1 where “the earth was without form and void, and darkness…

“I love my choir and I tell everybody about it!”

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Members of the Surbiton branch of YMCA Choir UK rehearse on a Wednesday evening. All are welcome YMCA Choir UK began life as a small community choir six years ago. It has grown in success and by June 2019 there will be seven community choirs across YMCA St Paul’s Group in Surbiton, Wimbledon, South Ealing, Walthamstow, Roxeth Gate, Hayes and north Kingston, with ambitions to see community choirs set up with YMCAs...

“The Duke echoed a lot of our views and values at YMCA”

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Mental Health Champions have a conversation with the Duke of Sussex We were proud to host the YMCA Mental Health Champions conversation with the Duke of Sussex this month at YMCA South Ealing, chaired by YMCA St Paul’s Group trustee, Gerald Chifamba. The YMCA Mental Health Champions programme aims to improve the mental health of young people aged 11-21 and offers three key services: a peer...

Duke of Sussex joins in with a children’s ballet session

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children's ballet session with Prince Harry When the Duke of Sussex visited YMCA South Ealing on Wednesday 3 April, he dropped into the children’s ballet session to meet young dancers and their families. There were 11 children, aged 5 to 7 in the class who performed two routines for him, led by ballet teacher Jade Groves. It was a very special...

Speaking about mental health with the Duke of Sussex

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People sitting and taking with Prince Harry at YMCA Ealing Gerald Chifamba is one of our Trustees at YMCA St Paul's Group. He welcomed the Duke of Sussex to a meeting at YMCA South Ealing on Wednesday 3 April, and chaired the discussion that took place with five Mental Health Champions. “The Duke of Sussex was passionate about the importance of speaking openly and frankly...

Duke of Sussex visits YMCA South Ealing to meet with residents

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women sitting in the kitchen talking with Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex visited our YMCA South Ealing hostel for a mental health event on Wednesday 3 April. He met with two of our residents and our housing manager to talk about their experiences, along with mental health champions who have participated in YMCA England & Wales’ pilot project. The Duke also attended a...

“Our residents are our focus” 

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smiling women at YMCA South Ealing Kerry Oldfield-Spence is the Housing Manager at YMCA South Ealing. She was joined by the Duke of Sussex on 3 April for a conversation about mental health with two of her residents, Jade and Rory. He was keen to hear about their experiences and what it was like to live at a YMCA hostel. It...

Paul is a volunteer chaplain and has experienced homelessness

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Paul Squires is our volunteer chaplain at YMCA Wimbledon

Paul Squires is a former resident at YMCA Surbiton and has now become a volunteer chaplain. He is passionate about chaplaincy, and how it gives vulnerable people a voice and hope. He spoke to us four years ago with his story, and here’s a follow-up on how far he has come: “I was in Surbiton…

We have a rich history of serving communities since 1858

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Our premises in Kingston's Eden Street in the 19th century is now a fast food restaurant!

The history of YMCA St Paul’s Group YMCA St Paul’s Group has been in existence in various forms in Kingston for just over 160 years since the Association was first established in 1858. However historian and YMCA Committee Member Audrey Giles discovered that the YMCA formed in Kingston in 1874 was not the first, but…