YMCA Youth Programmes

Our services for young people during this period of National Lockdown

The whole of England is now in a National Lockdown
We will continue to offer services to young people online, using social media, telephone and video chat, and interactive virtual sessions.
Information and updates on our services will be posted here. Our social media channel details are listed below and provide frequent updates on each of our service areas.

General face to face centre-based youth work is now closed until at least February half term.
Youth Services across England are now at the Red Readiness Level.
All our services for young people will comply with the Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 regulations agreed with the government and the National Youth Agency and endorsed by Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

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Check out our new Digital Youth Centre

Join in with our online activities, resources, and games. Here you’ll find some ways to connect, learn, and play.

Weekly update: Week beginning 18 January 2021

Hi Everyone! Despite the restrictions set to us just before Christmas, we hope everyone managed to enjoy the festive period while keeping yourselves and others safe. Another round of National Lockdown is absolutely a daunting and depressing issue for many of us, but in working to drive away this virus together, it’s an unfortunate necessity, especially in these Winter months where ordinarily viruses are so much more transmissible. As always, despite these restrictions, we are working hard here in the Youth Team to make sure some form of our services are available to you all.

Last week we took to Zoom and swung back into our ‘New Year’ fitness regimes to get us active again after the festive break, we caught up over a cuppa during Brunch Club, and chatted while one of our attendees cracked on with some baking and giving us some kitchen tips! If you’re up for taking part in any of these sessions, please get in touch with Ali, Alan, or George for more info! Music sessions are also available for anyone that wants to learn new skills or brush up on old ones, and homework help/support is at hand for anyone struggling. Just get in touch! We also held 49 one to one meetings via phone and video call with young people and parents as well as 64 text message communications. Please get in touch with any suggestions as to what we can do in the coming weeks

As noted last time, it is especially important right now to keep as much ‘normal’ as possible in our lives. Whether that means making sure you get out of bed at your usual time as though you were going to work, making sure you shower and get dressed, eating properly, and staying in touch with friends over the phone or video calls (as many of us have gotten used to in 2020), keeping as much ‘normal’ as we can, helps to support our physical and emotional health during these difficult times. We have been working hard to try to keep our services as ‘normal’ as possible, and your access to us, open and available through our social media posts, texts, phone calls, online sessions, and support groups.

Remember to check out the links on this page for some life skills advice, and some fun activities to keep you busy. Stay positive, be awesome, and make good choices!

Youth Activities Timetable – Monday 18 January 2021

Click on each activity to find out more detailed information

Activity
Time
Age group
Location
Contact
Brunch Club online
10.30am - 12.30pm
All
Zoom
Ali
Music Lessons
1.00pm -3.00pm
All
Zoom
Ali
Activity
Time
Age group
Location
Contact
Female Keep FIt
1.00 pm - 3.00pm
All
Zoom
Ali
Activity
Time
Age group
Location
Contact
Youth Club
4.30pm - 6.00pm
11-15 years
Zoom
Alan/George/Ali
Youth Club
6.30 pm - 8.30pm
16+
Zoom
Alan/George/Ali

Tips for Success for A Teen Entrepreneur

1. Action Over Words:

Take action and stop spending months perfecting every little detail on your business plan. Jump in and learn as you go. One of the perks of being a young entrepreneur is that your life doesn’t depend on the success of this company. Talk is cheap.

2. Set Realistic Goals:

Setting goals is one thing but setting realistic goals is something different entirely. Your goals need to be challenging but still accomplishable. People will say that they want to go from 0 to 100,000 followers on Instagram in a week but it’s not realistic.

3. Don’t Start a Business to Make Money:

Yes, I know that phrase sounds extremely contradictory. What I mean by this is to start a business doing what you love and are passionate about. Don’t start a business with the sole purpose of making money because you will lose interest very quickly and the business will flop.

4. Connections are Key:

I can’t stress this enough. Connections are everything in business. In the business world, it’s all about who you know not what you know. Build a network of people for everything so that way you have a person for everything.

5. Social Media is Everything:

If your business isn’t on social media, you barely have a business these days. Think of social media as a way to share your business among millions

of unique users on a daily basis. Use social media to your advantage when it comes to marketing your business and creating an image for your brand.

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail:

There’s no point in keeping your head down, use your failures to motivate you to succeed more. Capitalise off what you learned from failure.

7. You Don’t Know It All:

Education is a life-long process, nobody knows everything. You should always be willing to take advice and listen to others. Platforms and the business world are always changing. No matter the age or experience, listen to that person’s advice and then apply it to your knowledge and business so you can continue to expand and adjust.

8. Believe in Yourself:

Stop second-guessing every decision you make. Just because it hasn’t been done, doesn’t mean it won’t succeed. When running a business, you are going to make mistakes whether large or small. It’s okay and it’s part of the process. You can do it, so stop telling yourself you can’t.
More info on Ten Tips for Success from a Teen Entrepreneur

Activity
Time
Age group
Location
Contact
Female chat and keep fit
6.30pm - 8.30pm
All
Zoom
Ali

Support for Vulnerable Young People during Lockdown

During this time we will continue to offer additional support to the most vulnerable young people in our community.*

Week commencing 18 January
Monday – Friday (by appointment only)
This week will be offering the following face to face support sessions on a one to one and in small groups

  • SEN Sessions
  • Fitness and non-contact boxing sessions
  • Support Sessions for individuals

If you feel you could benefit from support at this time please contact the team.

*All our services for young people comply with the Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 regulations agreed between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Youth Agency and endorsed by Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Youth Team Contacts

Alan E:alanmaphosa@ymcaspg.org T:07909539912
Ali E:alicehall@ymcaspg.org T:07971959513
George E:georgebergin@ymcaspg.org T:07817359957
You can also contact us via direct message on Facebook and Instagram

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Free youth activities and projects providing safe and inviting spaces for young people.

Working across the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon, Harrow and beyond, the YMCA Youth Programmes team is based at YMCA Hayes and also works out of YMCA South Ealing and YMCA Roxeth Gate in Harrow.

Experienced and qualified youth workers and coaches are there to provide advice and guidance and run a range of activities for young people to grow, develop, and reach their full potential.

We provide a range of activities for children and young people aged 5 – 21+ throughout the year. Our current regular weekly activities are detailed in the timetable below. * Our sessions are subject to change to conform with any new Government guidelines and legislation so please check back regularly. Other targeted programmes or projects may run at different times during the year depending on identified needs and available funding.

Community Football - a quick look at one of our projects

Contact us

YMCA Youth Programme – Ealing, Hillingdon & Harrow
George Bergin
YMCA Hayes
72-74 Station Road, Hayes UB3 4DQ | T 07817 359957| E georgebergin@ymcaspg.org