Ukraine Emergency Appeal

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Helping ukraine YMCAs across England and Wales are uniting to raise vital funds on behalf of YMCA Europe to ensure our colleagues can continue to help those impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. Please donate at: ymca.org.uk/Ukraine In addition to providing humanitarian aid, YMCAs in neighboring counties such as Romania, Moldova and Czech Republic are collecting Ukrainian...

New This Girl Can Classes launch

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our custom web banner 900x600 - New This Girl Can Classes launch A new type of group exercise class has launched at YMCA St Paul’s Group, at its YMCA Surbiton, YMCA Hawker (Kingston), YMCA Wimbledon and YMCA Walthamstow sites.   The hugely successful This Girl Can campaign created by Sport England have partnered with EMD UK to create This Girl Can Classes with the aim of supporting more...

Our response to the Supported Housing Consultation

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Supported housing

At YMCA St Paul’s Group we believe that those who call the YMCA home should be given the best opportunity to thrive. To that end, over the last few months, we have sought to contribute to a number of government reviews into the quality and regulation of Supported Housing.   The YMCA has been involved in…

Devalued – A decade of cuts to youth services

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Devalued by a decade of cuts, dramatic fall in spend per head and a debilitating postcode lottery: the latest picture of youth service funding   Research released today by YMCA England and Wales reveals that not only have funding cuts now reached £1.1bn (a real-terms fall of 74% since 2010/11) but annual spend per head on…

Youth Consultation 2022

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As we enter a new year, we are conducting a new youth survey to understand the needs of young people across London. Young people are at the heart of what we do and we want to ensure that our youth services are a direct reflection of what young people are wanting and needing from us to support them to flourish.   As we…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

‘Joy to the World’ is one of the most uplifting Carols sung during the Christmas season. This 18th Century rousing Hymn tells of the whole of creation celebrating and being uplifted by the news of the birth of Jesus not in a Palace but in a stable in Bethlehem, an unexpected place. Instead of focusing on the particular characters in the Christmas story ‘Joy to the World’ celebrates that this event is good news for…

Star Awards 2021 – appreciating our brilliant staff

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We’ve just celebrated the YMCA St Paul’s group Star Awards 2021. Appreciating our brilliant staff who have supported so many people and taking a moment to enjoy being together.  Everyone looked amazing, glasses clinked, scrummy morsels were daintily nibbled, there were sparkles on each table and happy conversations burbled over star themed music. It was…

Inspirational winner from YMCA St Paul’s Group celebrates success at national youth charity awards

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Martin Bushaway Young Volunteer of the Year

Martin Bushaway from YMCA St Paul’s Group triumphed over strong competition and was crowned Young Volunteer of the Year at the highly anticipated return of YMCA’s Youth Matters Awards on Friday 5th November 2021. Martin, official volunteer with the YMCA St Paul’s Group Community Activities Team in Wimbledon, won the title at the leading youth…

National Youth Work Week 2021

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Our champions of youth work This year, for national Youth Work Week the theme is ‘champions of youth work’ as such, we wanted to highlight just a few areas we have seen youth work championed across YMCA St Paul’s Group this year. So here are our big three areas we wanted to celebrate this Youth…

Breaking The Cycle Podcast features YMCA St Paul’s Group

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Breaking the Cycle

Our Director of Operations, Jessica Laryea, has appeared on podcast series ‘Breaking the Cycle’, with host Michael Coates. Breaking the Cycle highlights the challenges, achievements, and societal issues within social housing. In episode 5 he speaks to our very own Group Director of Operations, Jessica, for an inspiring and honest chat about life growing up…