Jun


19

YMCA John Innes gains London Youth Silver Quality Mark

Over the last year, the youth department based at YMCA John Innes Youth Club has been working very hard to complete its London Youth Silver Quality Mark. London Youth is committed to high quality youth work and helps support its members to achieve the highest standard they can. The Quality Mark provides organisations with a…

Jun


14

Inclusive Lives launches its EveryBODY Can Dance video

Over the past few months members of our Inclusive Lives Project have been working with Filmanthropy UK to produce a user-led fitness instruction video. It’s aimed at everyone in the community, to encourage people to get active, dance and have fun! Even our care givers got involved in the video, showing us how to use…

Jun


13

Kingston Samaritans celebrate 50 years of service

Kingston Samaritans are celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend at All Saints Church in Kingston with a Thanksgiving Service at 2pm. Kingston Samaritans provide essential support to YMCA Surbiton hostel residents and we work closely with them. Two volunteers from Kingston Samaritans are at the hostel reception every Tuesday from 7.30pm and 9.30pm to offer…

Jun


11

Our Wild Camp Out returns in July

Back by popular demand, Wild Camp Out returns to YMCA Hawker in Kingston on 14 and 15 July 2018. If you love camping and want a hassle-free outdoor adventure with your family and friends, this is ideal. Show the kids how to put up the tent, roll out the sleeping bags and set up camp….

Jun


6

Karate success at YMCA Hawker

The fantastic Khalsa Karate squad at YMCA Hawker is going from strength to strength with an amazing achievement in May. It won the accolade of being in the top 10 Karate Associations in Britain – and with only 13 competitiors in the first year, compared to much bigger Associations. “Proud of my squad is an…

Jun


1

“The staff made feel like I belong”

As we celebrate International Volunteers Day, here’s a story about an inspirational 12-year-old volunteer who helped out at YMCA Hawker this summer. Ruby Pajibo was on holiday with her family in the UK, having flown all the way from her home town of Eden Prairie in Minnesota. Ruby’s mum, Alma, works for Southdale YMCA in Minnesota,…

May


31

Our history stretches back to 1870…

As the largest YMCA in Europe YMCA St Paul’s Group has a rich history going back over 140 years. In 1870 concerned people from churches in the Kingston and Wimbledon area decided to come together to reach out to young people in their community. These churches were focused on taking the Christian good news message,…

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…