Speaking about mental health with the Duke of Sussex

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People sitting and taking with Prince Harry at YMCA Ealing Gerald Chifamba is one of our Trustees at YMCA St Paul's Group. He welcomed the Duke of Sussex to a meeting at YMCA South Ealing on Wednesday 3 April, and chaired the discussion that took place with five Mental Health Champions. “The Duke of Sussex was passionate about the importance of speaking openly and frankly...

Duke of Sussex visits YMCA South Ealing to meet with residents

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women sitting in the kitchen talking with Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex visited our YMCA South Ealing hostel for a mental health event on Wednesday 3 April. He met with two of our residents and our housing manager to talk about their experiences, along with mental health champions who have participated in YMCA England & Wales’ pilot project. The Duke also attended a...

“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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Young women standing outside at YMCA 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…