The YMCA Inclusive Lives Project is an exciting project across Kingston, Richmond and Merton that aims to:
- Increase supportive art, dance and exercise activities for all ability and mobility levels
- Provide support, education and employment opportunities for disabled people and those with a mental illness
- Celebrate and build awareness of living with a disability in the community
The YMCA Inclusive Lives project is funded by a Big Lottery Grant of approximately £319,000 over three years, and will be delivered by YMCA St Paul’s Group in partnership with local authorities and charities.
We have a gardening group, classes and activities and community support services to offer as the core of our programme.
Love being outdoors, gardening and being creative? Our Blossoming Y project encourages you to get involved with other people in the community to create a sensory garden and breathe life into a disused plot of land at our YMCA White House site.
Classes and Courses
We offer a variety of exercise, therapy and support classes and courses specifically designed to be inclusive and support people’s additional needs.
Have a look at the timetable of our inclusive lives classes programme across our various sites.
The courses we offer are:
Creating Wellness is a course where creativity is placed at the centre of therapy. During the weeks classes focus on yoga, art, dance and music.
Body Image and Self Esteem Workshop
Give yourself the life boost you deserve! Learn how to feel positive about the way you look and develop your self esteem with our practical workshops which are powerful and engaging.
Tuesday 24 April 11am – 3pm Richmond Adult Education College
Creating Wellness Course
Embrace uplifting creative expression as you explore your emotional wellbeing. We’ll show you how to create tools for wellness, through movement, music, art and poetry.
25 April – 30 May Wednesdays 12pm – 3pm Kingston, TBC
6 June – 11 July Wednesdays 12pm – 3pm St Marks Church, Surbiton, TBC
Live Well, Be Well
This class encourages people to think about the food they eat, and the way they keep fit. There is nutritional advice to get you thinking about what you’re putting in your shopping basket, such as how to check food labels, understanding the balance between carbs, sugar, fats, dairy, protein, vitamins in your diet as well as looking at healthy food swaps. The nutrition session is followed by a gentle exercise class which is led by an instructor; some of it seated, some standing with the aid of exercise bands and weights to help you get the most from the movements – all set to great music you will love. It’s open to all, locations and days vary.
Life Skills & Employment courses
If you want to learn how to handle interviews, how to improve your CV or build up your confidence with new people in work settings, then our Life Skills and Employment course is for you. Over six weeks you will take part in different exercises and activities which boost your confidence, teach you about team building, improve your interview and social skills, and teach you about communication and health & wellbeing. The course provides a career advisor as well as an opportunity to apply for a further education course related to your employment goals.
19 April – 31 May, Thursdays 10am-1pm at Richamond Adult Community College
1 June – 6 July, Fridays 2pm – 5pm at YMCA Surbiton
Laughs & Scarfs
This is a joyful session encompassing yoga, art, music and physical activity.
7 May – 9 July, Mondays 4pm – 5pm at YMCA Surbiton
17 April – 5 June, Tuesdays 1pm – 2pm at Kingston ECO-OP
7 June – 26 July, Thursdays 10.30am – 2pm at SEssions House, Kingston
27 April – 29 June, Saturdays 10.45am – 11.45am at Raleigh Centre, New Malden
Food for Thought
Can the food you eat affect your mood?
Learn about nutrition, cooking on a budget and how to maintain a healthier diet.
17 May – 28 June, Thursdays 2pm – 5pm at YMCA Surbiton
Pilates for Relaxation
Here’s a beginners Pilates course. Discover how gentle exercise can help you relax and find calmness.
2 June – 21 July, Saturdays 10am – 11am at YMCA Surbiton
Here’s a physical activity course for those who have limited mobility or are unable to stand for long periods of time.
20 March – 22 May, Tuesdays 11am – 12pm at Raleigh Centre, New Malden
17 April – 5 June, Tuesdays 2pm – 3pm at Kingston ECO-OP
To join any of the courses, or for further enquiries about our Inclusive Lives programme, please contact Helen Robinson.