Making a Difference – Holly’s Story

23 year old Holly came to the YMCA having been sleeping in her car for over two months. She had no safe place to call home and so we offered her a place to stay at the YMCA hostel. Sarah and Harriet who are part of our housing team in Bath were able to help…



Jubilee Celebrations at Christopher House

Christopher House staff and residents fully participated with last weekend’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. From Jubilee bunting to a cardboard cut-out of the Queen herself and a variety of royal themed fancy dress costumes for staff, it was all about celebrating the longest reign in English history. Residents enjoyed traditional afternoon tea and in the spirit…



Nursery Jubilee Celebrations

Across our Brunel Group Nurseries, staff and children celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee in style, with crafts, games, and food. We are incredibly proud of our staff who really go that extra mile to provide children with wonderful opportunities to engage in new and creative themes. We pride ourselves on offering a home-from-home experience that makes…



Donations Box in Wells Cathedral

A significant focus of YMCA work in the UK is with young people who need support, guidance and a place to meet people or just hang out. We support those who are at risk of homelessness and maybe have not had stability or opportunities others are fortunate enough to take for granted. At YMCA Brunel…



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!



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…



22 Years with the YMCA, Carol Plenty – Adult Services Manager

What an incredible journey it has been over the past 22 years. I started at the YMCA in August 1999 after having my son and had heard through a friend Sue Adams who worked at YMCA and still does (yes there are some people who are longer service than me) were advertising for a part-time…



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…



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.



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…