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! Llewellyn 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 Llewellyn 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...

Sep


27

Relationships & Sexual Health Advice and Support

At YMCA St Paul’s Group we believe that every young person should have someone they can trust. Everyone should enjoy the benefits of good health and wellbeing. Francesca Thomas is the Sexual Health Advisor at YMCA Walthamstow in East London. Her work in the borough is not only to educate young people about sex, but…

Sep


25

“YMCA has been like a family to me…”

We believe every young person should be able to fulfil their potential. Whether that’s learning a new skill, training for employment or improving their self-confidence as they take on new challenges. Sa’ida Mohammed, 30, has been a resident at YMCA Walthamstow for the last three years and is employed and training as a playworker in…