May


16

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

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…

May


16

Residents at YMCA Surbiton showcase their art to the public

Residents at YMCA Surbiton and local members of the community are currently exhibiting their art in in the café at the hostel. It’s a showcase of paintings from the Arts & Crafts studio that takes place every Tuesday 6-8pm, run by former resident Daiva Daugeliene. “We are open to everyone no matter their age or…

May


14

“If you have the right support, you’ll be fine”

YMCA Northolt Grange is a 10-bed mother and baby hostel for young mums aged between 16 and 21. Warm, welcoming and supportive, this hostel provides a safe place for them to learn how to be independent. It’s run by Senior Housing Support Officer Rose Wright. Katrina Brogden, 19, moved into YMCA Northolt Grange hostel just…

May


9

How we support young people when they are in crisis

YMCA St Paul’s Group works with many young people across its areas, and we often talk about the success of the projects, but it’s also important to tell the stories of young people in crisis and how we support them. YMCA Britwell in Slough is a house where 10 Looked After Children stay, aged between…

May


9

Our special Commissioning Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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…

May


2

“I had a very calm pregnancy – I know exercise helped towards that”

Kim Tiddy, 40, a Surbiton local and an actress, wanted to get in shape during and after her pregnancy and was looking for a personal trainer with pre and post-natal qualifications. A friend recommended personal trainer Pamela David at YMCA Surbiton’s Health & Wellbeing centre, and Kim began her sessions at three months into her…

Apr


18

Why we’re running the 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 &…

Apr


9

Feel positive about your body with our Body Image Workshops

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…

Mar


26

Wild Play Days returns for Easter

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…

Mar


14

Hampton Youth Project’s official opening on Tuesday 27 March

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,…