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17 January 2023

Christmas at YMCA

YMCA Brunel Group provides accommodation for people experiencing homelessness and housing crisis, one of the main reasons for people becoming homeless is that they have experienced a breakdown in relationships with their family.

This means that over the Christmas period, a large proportion of our residents would not be spending time with their families. Thanks to the support of local organisations we were able to provide a Christmas meal, presents and activities for... Read more

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6 January 2023

Little Ducklings Community Larder

In the summer 2022, Little Ducklings Nursery in Lyneham was gifted a free shed from a parent.

Staff erected the shed at the front of the property and began to brainstorm the idea of opening it up to the community to be able to access things like clothes and books, all for free! However, this was not... Read more

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4 January 2023

Space Raft

Launching “Space RAFT" 🚀

An animated film made by the young people of YMCA Brunel Group’s Street Youth Club during in partnership with Somerset Art Works, inspired by Rory Pilgrim’s RAFTS project. Inspired by artist Rory Pilgrim’s RAFTS project, this film was developed through a... Read more

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2 December 2022

Celebratory Carol Service

On Thursday, 1st December we celebrated YMCA Brunel Group with a Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church in Frome.

It was a beautiful evening full of stories of all of our hard work and how our staff  at YMCA Brunel Group change lives and build strong communities. Supporters such as B&NES Council, Frome Pioneers, Somerset WI, and more came... Read more

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28 November 2022

Narnia themed yoga retreat

Every year for the last 7 years (other than the Covid year) two of our yoga teachers, Trish and Sarah run a Narnia themed yoga retreat at Barley Wood – a beautiful home and wedding venue owned by YMCA Dulverton Group in Wrington.

The stunning location sets the scene but so does the beautifully planned classes, food and treats. Attendees pay £75 for a ticket and bring a contribution to a pot luck lunch – which never fails to be anything other than... Read more

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20 November 2022

Werkhouse at The Bristol Wing

Whilst we are still in the process of refurbishing the Wing, we were approached by Werkhouse in Bristol to see if we would be happy to take a group of young people in for a weekend whilst on a course with them

The course is specifically for young people who want to move into the creative industries and it gives them an amazing insight into the different areas and what to expect. As part of the weekend they are given a client... Read more

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12 November 2022

Pre-loved clothes sale at Timsbury

We are keen to raise our profile in Timsbury with the locals as we have the most amazing facility there with a hall that can be rented out.

So in November we hosted a pre-loved clothes sale – where approximately 11 people hired a table and sold items from their wardrobes that they no longer wear or use. Jacqui had made a delicious range of enticing cakes and... Read more

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18 October 2022

Bex runs the Bath Half

A huge congratulations to Bex from Health & Wellbeing. She completed the Bath Half in October in order to raise funds for YMCA Brunel Group, and what a success!

The Bath Half is an annual half marathon that starts and finishes in the Bath city centre. The total distance of the race is 21km, beginning in Queens Square and ending in Victoria Park. The 2022 Bath Half took place... Read more

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30 September 2022

A Farewell to our Bath Nursery

We are extremely saddened to announce that our lovely YMCA Bath nursery closed it’s doors for the last time at the end of July.

After 22 years looking after children in the heart of the city of Bath, we made the difficult decision to close due to the very low numbers of children. The nursery was championed by fantastic staff, notably Rosie, who was... Read more

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30 September 2022

Cream Tea, Art, and Storytelling in Timsbury

On Saturday 24th September we held an Open Afternoon at our YMCA Timsbury centre where a few local crafters had stalls selling their beautiful wares

The Library Hub was open for people to view what a wonderful service it provides to the community; children’s activities were taking place and we had the pleasure of listening to a local Ukrainian story teller – which was rather... Read more

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