YMCA Youth Programmes
Our services for young people during this period.
On Monday 22 of February, the Prime Minister announced a roadmap out of lockdown and a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England
Information and updates on our services and how each of the steps will affect them will be posted here.
Our social media channel details are listed below and provide frequent updates.
Youth Centres – Face to face centre-based youth work for under 18’s will reopen from Monday 12 April. Support is still being offered to vulnerable young people over 18 online and in person.
Youth Services across England are currently at the Amber 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.
Weekly update: Week beginning 03 May 2021
The Youth Team at YMCA Hayes continue to be available for support, advice, chats, and have enjoyed speaking to many of you, and seeing more of you in person as Covid guidance eases. We continue to follow government guidelines under this stage of the roadmap, which means we are now able to run small group sessions for under 18’s and support sessions for vulnerable over 18’s (over 18’s are by invite only). Over 18s wishing to attend support sessions MUST be in contact with either Ali, Alan, or George – see details at the bottom of this page.
As always a reminder that we all need to continue being safe and acting with care even though normality is getting closer and closer in view. However, many are still struggling with the effects of the last year and how it’s impacted our daily lives, relationships with our families and friends, and our mental health. As well as looking after each other by wearing masks and ensuring our hands are clean, let’s all make sure we’re looking after each other emotionally – give that person you’ve been thinking about a call just to say hi, or reach out to that mate you lost touch with.
If you feel like you need a bit of extra support, SHOUT is a 24/7 textline to support anyone that is struggling and needs to talk to someone. This service is confidential and free, and can be accessed any time, day or night: https://giveusashout.org/
YOUNGMINDS do amazing work in supporting young people, and have a ‘Crisis Messenger’ service available for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help, text ‘YM’ to 85258. More info and support
As April has turned to May, hopefully everyone is able to enjoy a (hopefully sunny) restful May Day bank holiday. Historically, this day was marked by the Romans to celebrate Flora, the Goddess of flowers and fauna. People around the UK continue to mark this occasion with traditional dances, such as around the Maypole and Morris Dancing, and dressing up as ‘Jack-in-the-Green’ or ‘The Green Man’ who represents nature, fertility, and the circle of life. Check out the link for more about May Day.
Last week we held 89 one to one meetings via phone and video call with young people and parents as well as 135 text message communications. As always, we hope you are all doing well? 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!
Ali, Alan, & George Youth Services Team
Youth Activities Timetable – Week 03 May 2021
Click on each activity to find out more detailed information
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.
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
- Support Sessions for individuals and groups
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.
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.