“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…

“I became homeless…my biggest issue was my mental health”

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Young women standing outside at YMCA

Jade Messam-Goodenough, 27, has been a resident at YMCA South Ealing for five months. She faced homelessness after she lost her job and was unable to pay her rent. “I became homeless because I had no work and no money coming in but the biggest issue was my mental health,” says Jade. Jade went through…

Residents in the city

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Group involved in engineering based craft project with company Aecom Multinational engineering firm Aecom invited young people and residents from YMCA St Paul’s Group  to spend the day in their offices in the city. Aecom are responsible for Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovations, Ferrari World among many other multi-billion-dollar projects. They kindly volunteered their time to support YMCA St Paul’s Group's young people and residents, recognising the...

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!

Apprentice Spotlight

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Lady by computer

Ula works as a Digital Marketing apprentice at YMCA St Paul’s Group. She started 7th January 2019. We caught up with her to find out why she chose an apprenticeship with the organisation and how she is getting on. What interested you in an apprentice position? I am beginning a new career in User Experience…