“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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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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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…

Apprentice Spotlight

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Young women in office at computer Shareen works as a HR Administrator apprentice at YMCA St Paul’s Group. She started on Monday, 5th November 2018. We caught up with her to find out why she chose an apprenticeship at YMCA St Paul's Group and how she is getting on.   What interested you in an apprentice position? The ability to work...

We Believe in Young People

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Truth about me image of Young women and man YMCA St Paul’s Group is backing the YMCA England & Wales campaign #TruthAboutMe. It’s about empowering young people in our communities who face difficulties in their lives and supporting them to flourish. We want to help them by giving them a safe place to stay, the ability to fulfil their potential and act as someone...

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…

“I’m a shy person, and Get on Track helped me with my confidence”

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Chloe is a resident at YMCA Hayes

Chloe, 19, is a resident at YMCA Hayes in West London. Thanks to supportive YMCA staff and the Get on Track employment and mentoring programme, she has got a roof over her head, about to start volunteering and feeling more positive in herself. “I like living here; it’s given me independence. I can start doing…