26 years in YMCA Surbiton gym!

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image of two men who are gym buddies YMCA Health & Wellbeing Centres Joining a YMCA Health & Wellbeing Centre is the best way to feel great this summer. What makes YMCA Centres so special is that they are situated in the heart of communities. The centres are they modern, well equipped with dedicated staff.  They are vibrant social hubs. Local people can...

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…

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week: Read Scott’s story.

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Male football coach on the pitch Scott Chapman is a young person aged 23. He first came to YMCA four years ago as a resident at YMCA Hayes. Scott soon began to access the football and boxing sessions. He was keen to grasp the opportunities that came his way, and was offered a place on the Get on Track programme. This led...

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...