Kingston Samaritans celebrate 50 years of service

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Kingston Samaritans are celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend at All Saints Church in Kingston with a Thanksgiving Service at 2pm. Kingston Samaritans provide essential support to YMCA Surbiton hostel residents and we work closely with them. Two volunteers from Kingston Samaritans are at the hostel reception every Tuesday from 7.30pm and 9.30pm to offer…

Our Wild Camp Out returns in July

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Back by popular demand, Wild Camp Out returns to YMCA Hawker in Kingston on 14 and 15 July 2018. If you love camping and want a hassle-free outdoor adventure with your family and friends, this is ideal. Show the kids how to put up the tent, roll out the sleeping bags and set up camp….

Karate success at YMCA Hawker

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The fantastic Khalsa Karate squad at YMCA Hawker is going from strength to strength with an amazing achievement in May. It won the accolade of being in the top 10 Karate Associations in Britain – and with only 13 competitiors in the first year, compared to much bigger Associations. “Proud of my squad is an…

“The staff made feel like I belong”

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As we celebrate International Volunteers Day, here’s a story about an inspirational 12-year-old volunteer who helped out at YMCA Hawker this summer. Ruby Pajibo was on holiday with her family in the UK, having flown all the way from her home town of Eden Prairie in Minnesota. Ruby’s mum, Alma, works for Southdale YMCA in Minnesota,…

Our history stretches back to 1870…

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As the largest YMCA in Europe YMCA St Paul’s Group has a rich history going back over 140 years. In 1870 concerned people from churches in the Kingston and Wimbledon area decided to come together to reach out to young people in their community. These churches were focused on taking the Christian good news message,…

Residents at YMCA Surbiton showcase their art to the public

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residents art

Residents at YMCA Surbiton and local members of the community are currently exhibiting their art in in the café at the hostel. It’s a showcase of paintings from the Arts & Crafts studio that takes place every Tuesday 6-8pm, run by former resident Daiva Daugeliene. “We are open to everyone no matter their age or…

“If you have the right support, you’ll be fine”

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Mother and baby

YMCA Northolt Grange is a 10-bed mother and baby hostel for young mums aged between 16 and 21. Warm, welcoming and supportive, this hostel provides a safe place for them to learn how to be independent. It’s run by Senior Housing Support Officer Rose Wright. Katrina Brogden, 19, moved into YMCA Northolt Grange hostel just…

How we support young people when they are in crisis

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young people in crisis

YMCA St Paul’s Group works with many young people across its areas, and we often talk about the success of the projects, but it’s also important to tell the stories of young people in crisis and how we support them. YMCA Britwell in Slough is a house where 10 Looked After Children stay, aged between…

Our special Commissioning Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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St Pauls Group Commissioning Service

On Tuesday 8 May YMCA St Paul’s Group held a commissioning service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Association Trustees, stakeholders and staff attended a special service where the union of four YMCAs – YMCA West London, YMCA London South West, YMCA East London and YMCA Slough – was blessed and celebrated, under a new…