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…

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…