Happy Birthday YMCA

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YMCA banner group We are celebrating 175 years since YMCA was established! Have you heard of George Williams? George was one of many young men who came to London to find work during the Industrial Revolution.  In 1844 George organised a prayer group in his lodgings near St Paul’s Churchyard. This was the very start of YMCA. People...

Staff & Volunteer Spotlight

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Picture of at Tai Chi instructor at YMCA Hawker

Paul Dunn is an instructor and volunteer at YMCA Hawker in Kingston, part of the YMCA St Paul’s Group, who teaches Tai Chi. We caught up with him to find out more about him and the work that Paul does within the organisation. Briefly describe what you do all day. I take two Tai Chi…

Spring into action: £7 for 7 days

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Women and man in gym

Workout for only £1 a day! We’re getting that spring feeling and offering unlimited use of the gym and group exercise classes for seven days at any YMCA St Paul’s Group Health & Wellbeing Centre for just £7. In addition, if you join after your one week trial there is no joining fee!

Feel positive about your body with our Body Image Workshops

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Body image

Our Body Image workshop was a big hit at YMCA White House last month, and we’re running it again on Wednesday 11 April, 12.30pm–4.30pm at St Mark’s Church in Surbiton and Monday 23 April 11am–3pm at Richmond Adult Education College. The workshops are part of our Inclusive Lives project and are free to attend, but booking…

Wild Play Days returns for Easter

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wild play days

We see the return of the ever-popular Wild Play Days holiday playscheme this Easter holiday. Based at YMCA Hawker in Kingston, the outdoor camp for 7-11 year olds gets kids off their screens, out in the fresh air and learning a thing or two about nature. Each day, we take your child to a fabulous…

Hampton Youth Project’s official opening on Tuesday 27 March

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Young people at YMCA Hampton Youth Project Our fantastic new Hampton youth project is having its official opening on Tuesday 27 March and we’ll be welcoming young people and their families in the area to have a look around.  Situated behind YMCA White House on Hampton Square, the Hampton Youth Project caters for 11-15 year olds on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon,...

A kind donation has made a big difference at YMCA Surbiton

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residents activities lounge pool table Our residents at YMCA Surbiton have been enjoying a newly refurbished activities lounge with a pool table, table and chairs, sofa, display boards, a teaching board and big screen TV, thanks to a fantastic £2,500 donation from St John’s Church in Hampton. It also got a fresh lick of paint, brightening it up in blue...

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 YMCA 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 joined with YMCA West London on 1 April 2018, after having joined with YMCA East London in 2017. Our desire to...