May


17

What’s cooking in Frome?

Residents at our Frome Foyer have delighted us with these images of some of their recent culinary skills. Needless to say this left us feeling very hungry!

May


10

Staff induction day!

Today we hosted our first in person staff induction day since Covid. Seventeen staff came together to learn about the YMCA past and present and the size and scale of the work our own YMCA does over 56 sites. We explored the values of the organisation and spent time thinking about how these are manifested…

May


4

Marketing visit two of our nurseries

The Marketing department (Sarah and Trish)  went on a tour of two of our nurseries today and visited YMCA Little Ducklings at Lyneham – based in two ex officer MOD houses; and YMCA Redland Nursery in Chippenham – where we learnt about the curiosity approach to working with children. In both settings we met the…

Apr


28

Plaque unveiling at our Frome Foyer

Our CEO, Mike Fairbeard was thrilled to attend the unveiling of a new plaque at our Frome Foyer celebrating Edward Cockey & Sons  iron foundry that used to occupy the site. Cockey was a pioneer in the gas industries and introduced gas lighting to Frome in 1831.

Apr


19

YMCA Yoga Holiday to Sri Lanka

In April 22 the Health & Wellbeing team ran our second yoga holiday in Sri Lanka staying in Hikkaduwa with members and friends Glenda and Peter Botes who run a boutique hotel there. In total 21 people went on the trip and enjoyed 7 days of sunshine and yoga – with daily classes morning and…

Feb


23

A great year’s work from our Adult Housing Services team

Did you know…. Our Adult Housing Services team in Mendip and South Somerset, have in the last year ( a challenging year of Covid restrictions and nervous landlords)  achieved the following on three of their schemes: Move-On Scheme 120 enquiries were registered for Move-On and 33 (including 3 under-25’s) were housed. 13 secured accommodation through…

Feb


22

New Glastonbury project coming together

Lots of work has been going on at our new Glastonbury supported housing project as we start to get it ready for opening and welcoming in our first young people. Contractors have been on site and things are moving forward. Staff have been making it feel homely in the main lounge; they have also created…

Feb


15

Huge thank you to The Elizabeth and Prince Zaiger Trust

We are extremely grateful to The Elizabeth and Prince Zaiger Trust for their very kind donation of £7,000 which has been used to benefit our South Somerset residents in our supported housing projects in many different ways.  The funding has enabled a great deal of happiness, learning and life skills. Here is an example of…

Feb


11

Composting fun!

At our Hillside supported housing project we have just installed a composting bin. Staff have been working with the residents and Support Worker Andy says: “We’ve been learning how we can become more environmentally friendly and installing a composting bin is a great start to our plans for putting in some raised veg beds so…