Nov


12

Fighting pain with Back Care Pilates

Suffering with a degenerative spinal condition has meant Estelle Packer, 47, has been living with chronic neck pain for the last seven years. “I was a gymnast when I was younger and had a lot of wear and tear in my spine for my age, and specifically in my neck. I was diagnosed with Cervical…

Nov


7

Celebrating our success with disability, volunteering & youth work

All the hard work and success of our volunteers and staff have been recognised recently with awards and nominations. We are so proud to have such a committed bunch of people on board! Celebrating success of EveryBodyCanDance Our Inclusive Lives project team won a Silver Award at the Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards, which was hosted by Merton Voluntary Services…

Nov


6

Take care of your mental health

With growing pressure on GP surgeries and lengthy waiting times for specialist mental health care, it can be a real challenge to find help when you need it most. Whilst the number of people suffering from mental health conditions has not significantly changed over recent years, research shows that the way we deal with our…

Nov


1

Black History Month at YMCA Walthamstow

YMCA Walthamstow has celebrated Black History Month with a whole host of free activities and workshops, for both the young people who come along to the centre for youth sessions and for residents. As part of Black History Month, residents enjoyed an Eritrean and Ethiopian Meal, a special Quiz Night, a talk about Blackness in…

Oct


25

Serving everyone in the community

YMCA St Paul’s Group works with young people to provide a safe place to stay and to help them develop their potential. But that’s not to say that we don’t serve older members of the community, too.  YMCA Surbiton was honoured to host one of our Teapot Club members’ 104th birthday party. Grete Grey celebrated in…

Oct


15

“YMCA is a haven – you can make of this place what you need to”

Stephen Bray, 63, is a hostel resident at YMCA Surbiton and became homeless due to a combination of factors which included losing his job as a carer and a relationship break-up. He has been living at the hostel since March 2018. Stephen lost his job in October 2017 and signed on, but an administrative error…

Oct


11

Winners in the Team London Awards!

Last night our nominees for a Team London Volunteering Award were recognised for their hard work and dedication and were winners! Lewellyn Alleyne won an individual award for his volunteering at YMCA Hayes in West London. Our Inclusive Lives team won an award for their EveryBodyCanDance fitness instruction video (produced with Filmanthropy UK). Volunteering at Hayes Lewellyn has…

Oct


8

How we support residents with their mental health

We believe every young person should have someone they can trust and a safe place to stay, which is why our Housing Support Officers play such a key role in the lives of our residents. Patricia Lumeca has been a Housing Support Officer at YMCA South Ealing for the last two years and is the…

Oct


8

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (08-14 Oct)

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (08-14 Oct)  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 to people who are experiencing...