YMCA 175 years of supporting young people

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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 - picture of three muddy children and play worker

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,...

Laughs and Scarves at Searchlight Centre, New Malden

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laughs and scarves

Our new Laughs and Scarves exercise class at the Searchlight Centre on Kingston Road in New Malden is proving very popular, especially with members of local learning disability charity Kingston Mencap, which is based at the centre. Laughs and Scarves is a relaxed group fitness class, set to toe-tapping music and part of our Inclusive…