Ways to manage your anxiety during social distancing

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Here’s 10 top tips from our counselling team for how to look after your mental health during the lockdown. 1. Remember, you are not alone, most people are feeling more anxious or worried at the moment. 2. Understanding ways to support yourself during this time will help. There’s no quick fix to make anxiety disappear…

Easter Greetings and Thanks

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Easter 2020 is so different to how any of us thought it would look just a few short weeks ago.  Planning for the first BBQ of the year, visiting friends and family, hoping the weather might be good enough for the slightly over grown lawn to be mown and sharing chocolate and goodies to celebrate. Instead…

YMCA SPG Staff to run the 2020 London Marathon

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YMCA SPG Membership Administrator Claire Cammack is running her very first marathon this April. She is looking forward to getting back in to running after some time out from her fitness routine “At school I loved running but getting older, becoming a mum and other life events meant that running took a back seat. That…

Young volunteers from France at YMCA Hayes

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YMCA France volunteers YMCA Hayes has welcomed two volunteers from France in a new collaboration with YMCA France. Ben Monnie, 22, and Lucie Lucas, 21, joined the Youth Team in September this year and are developing plans for a new Basketball Club and a Gymnastics/Dance Club for 11-16 year olds in the Hayes area, to commence in January...

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…

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YMCA London woman winter Or that’s what we are lead to believe... Christmas - For some it may be, for some it isn’t and for some it’s somewhere in between. However, for all its hard to avoid. Step outside your door and you are met with images of merriment, happiness and fun. Stay inside and many adverts will be...

YMCA St Paul’s Group Staff Win Awards

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Staff awards YMCA SPG YMCA St Paul’s Group (YMCA SPG) has recognised the dedication of its staff in the communities it serves around London, with staff awards at its Annual Showcase. Held at Central Hall Westminster on Monday 25 November, it was a glittering event to celebrate the work of YMCA. Winners in the Awards categories included Jumpers! Nursery...

Safiyyah Patel has won the ‘We Believe’ Youth Matters Award!

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We Believe Youth Matters Winner Safiyyah Patel from YMCA St Paul’s Group has been awarded the coveted We Believe Award at YMCA England and Wales’s national Youth Matters Awards ceremony on 8 November 2019 for her fantastic work with young people at YMCA Walthamstow.  Safiyyah Patel 19 from Walthamstow was presented with the award at the Youth Matters 2019 awards...