15 May 2023

Staff Highlight, Jane Copestake

Jane, Senior Accommodation and Support Worker, Under 18's

How long have you worked for YMCA Brunel Group? I started work for the YMCA in October 2022, which seems like yesterday to me, however, the YMCA also seems like home. I took a brief break within that time, but... Read more

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Jane Copestake Staff Highlight Portrait

9 May 2023

Trowbridge Community Champions

As ever, our staff go above and beyond to contribute to their local communities and change the lives of young people and families.

Kaylea Wink (Little Shoots Nursery Manager) and Kady Hanney (Green Shoots Nursery Manager) have been recognized by their community in Trowbridge and awarded the Community Champion award! “We were delighted to be presented the Community Champion Award for both our Trowbridge nurseries by the... Read more

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YMCA Brunel Group staff are awarded Community Champions award

8 May 2023

Coronation Celebrations in the Nurseries

Over the weekend, the Coronation was celebrated across our nurseries.

Our nursery staff went above and beyond in each setting to celebrate the Coronation, thoughtfully planning activities that suited the children. Everyone had a great time, with lots of cake! At Little Shoots, the staff created a fantastic environment and... Read more

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Nursery staff and children celebrate the Coronation together

14 April 2023

YMCA Bath Gym at Bath Life Awards 2023

Our amazing YMCA Bath Gym was proud to be nominated for a Bath Life Award this year, under the health and wellbeing category.

The event took place on the 23rd of March at the Pavilion and was attended by YMCA Bath Gym Manager Simon and Marketing Manager Sarah. They shared a table with Minuteman Press, Bath & West Community Energy, Young Carers Development... Read more

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YMCA Health and wellbeing centre goes to bath life awards

14 April 2023

Nellie the Cat

The power of animals is incredible – we’ve recently been reminded of this in our supported housing project in Wells.

Neighbouring cat Nellie knows exactly where she is needed! Here are a few words from Senior Accommodation and Support Worker, Hannah Burgess: For the past few months staff and residents at Spencer House have been very lucky to be adopted... Read more

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Nellie the cat visits supported housing project

12 April 2023

Dee Case Study

Dee came to us in the summer of 2020 after staying in a local B&B.

When Dee moved into one of our supported housing projects, Grace Harris House, she was extremely distraught and needed a great deal of support. She was very wary of going outside and frightened of men. Our staff could see it... Read more

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Young person case study, Dee

24 March 2023

Amy’s Story – Young Carers over 18

My name is Amy and I am 18 years old. I live in Somerset and I am a Young Carer.

What is it like to be a young carer? Being a young carer is difficult physically and mentally. It’s especially hard when people don’t understand the challenges you go through on a daily basis. I have had to look after... Read more

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young carers need support over 18

6 March 2023

Yin Yoga Sundays

On the first Sunday of every month Trish hosts a special class in our YMCA Health & Wellbeing studio in Bath that includes an hour of Yin Yoga and then half an hour of guided meditation.

Yin yoga is a slower form of yoga where postures (asanas) are held for a longer period of time – normally floor based rather than standing. It incorporates principles of traditional Chinese medicine and meridian lines to open the flow... Read more

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yin yoga and guided meditation

3 March 2023

World Book Day

World Book Day was celebrated across our Wiltshire nurseries with great excitement.

Staff and children dressed up as the favourite characters. Everyone enjoyed a fantastic day of storytelling, books, and dress up! We hope to encourage a life-long love of reading in our young people, and what better way to share the... Read more

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Nursery staff dress up for world book day

2 March 2023

Bath Life Nomination

Members of our Bath Health & Wellbeing Centre will know how great our gym is – we pride ourselves on our down to earth community feel.

Our fitness team makes sure that each gym member is valued and given the support they need. We are so proud of the team and all of their hard work which has earned them a nomination in this year’s Bath... Read more

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Staff at YMCA Bath Gym