Doing something meaningful with YMCA

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“Volunteering gets you out of the house in the morning – it makes you feel like part of society. In short, it makes you feel human because it gives you a purpose – you are doing something constructive with your life”. These are the words of Jenny, a former volunteer who is now a member…

Extra Play With Your Stay

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Whatever the weather, the Pod at YMCA Hawker is a great destination for parents and carers planning a day out with lots of exciting activities for the kids. Here, children aged 0-11 can climb, jump, swing, stretch, wriggle, balance and bounce in the two-storey installation, whilst parents/carers enjoy a coffee and a snack from the…

Merton Winter Night Shelter

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Merton Winter Night Shelter provides people who sleep rough in the Merton area with healthy and homemade food, a warm and dry place to sleep and a friendly atmosphere where they can relax and let their guard down for a night.

A Volunteer’s Story

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Have you ever thought about volunteering with a local charity? By giving a little bit of your time, you are giving so much back to so many people. Also, volunteering often means new friends and lots of social events! Read what Nicholas Shortall, YMCA LSW volunteer has to say about why he started volunteering for us two…

Finding her voice with the help of YMCA

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Jade came to the YMCA following an unstable period in her life where she used all her strength caring for others until she had no energy left to care for herself. Now, she uses the creative workshops and volunteer programmes offered at the YMCA to rebuild her confidence and self-worth.