It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) and the theme is stress. Two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetime, and stress is a major player. The Mental Health Foundation has a Stress Test – how do you score? Release Counselling is based at YMCA Surbiton and offers support…

Our special Commissioning Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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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…

Why we’re running the London Marathon!

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london marathon

Two of our staff at Hampton Pool are taking part in the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday, and are running alongside John Starbrook, aged 87, who swims regularly at the pool and plays water polo on a Sunday evening. He is the oldest runner in 2018 and this is his 32nd marathon. Area Health &…

Feel positive about your body with our Body Image Workshops

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Body image

Our Body Image workshop was a big hit at YMCA White House last month, and we’re running it again on Wednesday 11 April, 12.30pm–4.30pm at St Mark’s Church in Surbiton and Monday 23 April 11am–3pm at Richmond Adult Education College. The workshops are part of our Inclusive Lives project and are free to attend, but booking…

Wild Play Days returns for Easter

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wild play days

We see the return of the ever-popular Wild Play Days holiday playscheme this Easter holiday. Based at YMCA Hawker in Kingston, the outdoor camp for 7-11 year olds gets kids off their screens, out in the fresh air and learning a thing or two about nature. Each day, we take your child to a fabulous…

Hampton Youth Project’s official opening on Tuesday 27 March

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Young people at YMCA Hampton Youth Project

Our fantastic new Hampton youth project is having its official opening on Tuesday 27 March and we’ll be welcoming young people and their families in the area to have a look around.  Situated behind YMCA White House on Hampton Square, the Hampton Youth Project caters for 11-15 year olds on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon,…

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…