A kind donation has made a big difference at YMCA Surbiton

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residents activities lounge pool table

Our residents at YMCA Surbiton have been enjoying a newly refurbished activities lounge with a pool table, table and chairs, sofa, display boards, a teaching board and big screen TV, thanks to a fantastic £2,500 donation from St John’s Church in Hampton. It also got a fresh lick of paint, brightening it up in blue…

We’re supporting the Be Real Campaign

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Schoolgirl happy in YMCA

We’re supporting the Be Real Campaign after new YMCA research revealed today that half of young people have been bullied about the way they look, with many experiencing bullying at least once a week. Most of the bullying focuses on weight and body shape, with 60% of young people admitting they tried to change their…

Why we’re changing our name to YMCA St Paul’s Group

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Young man happy at YMCA St Paul's Group

YMCA St Paul’s Group is forming a large and local association called YMCA St Paul’s Group that will work across London and the metropolitan area. We joined with YMCA Slough early in 2018, and joined with YMCA West London on 1 April 2018, after having joined with YMCA East London in 2017. Our desire to…

Laughs and Scarves at Searchlight Centre, New Malden

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laughs and scarves

Our new Laughs and Scarves exercise class at the Searchlight Centre on Kingston Road in New Malden is proving very popular, especially with members of local learning disability charity Kingston Mencap, which is based at the centre. Laughs and Scarves is a relaxed group fitness class, set to toe-tapping music and part of our Inclusive…

How the Winter Night Shelter helped me turn my life around

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Group of lads happy at the shelter

Rob Lowe, aged 38, is a recent guest at the Merton Winter Night Shelter and has been living at YMCA Wimbledon for the past 3 weeks. Struggling with recovery from alcohol and substance mis-use, Rob left his job as a scaffolder and broke up with his partner, leaving behind his 17 year old daughter and…

Nurserylands Preschool rated as "Good" by Ofsted

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ymca white house preschool

We just received our Ofsted report and delighted to announce that Nurserylands Preschool at YMCA White House in Hampton has been rated as Good! We also received Outstanding for Personal Development, behaviour and welfare. No wonder our preschool for children aged 2-4 years is so well loved in the local community. It’s all down to…

Try our new Meditation Class at Hampton Pool

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Girl meditating

Would you like to relax, learn how to deal with stress and focus on your wellbeing with meditation? Then try the new Meditation Class at Hampton Pool – it’s the perfect way to find balance in your life with mindfulness exercises. It’s a gentle class, taught by our instructor Ellie Sheldrake. It can help to…

A free therapeutic journey with Creating Wellness

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Circle group of people Want to learn how to be your best self with Creating Wellness? Be true to who you are, explore your emotions and rebalance your wellbeing? Our six-week Creating Wellness course is designed to do just that with movement, music and art. Our Release counselling team are on hand with a supportive, non judgmental environment to...

Training for a marathon at YMCA Surbiton gym

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Woman standing at YMCA Surbiton gym people working out in the background

Mariann Lenard, aged 27, has joined YMCA Surbiton Gym to improve her fitness and get ready for a marathon in her home country of Hungary. She joined the gym at the end of last year as she wanted to have a fitness regime that she could stick to. A Chessington resident, Mariann found it difficult…