11 February 2022

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... Read more

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21 January 2022

Hope Rise – 12 months of community building!

The Community Builders have now spent 12 months living alongside young people at Hope Rise in their voluntary community cohesion roles and have played an essential part in the success of the project in its first year.

They have learned many things along the way.  Initially they believed that community building would involve an organised series of events and activities, but over time discovered that the most effective community building took place organically and in the moment. ... Read more

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20 January 2022

New housing project in Glastonbury for 16 – 17 year olds

YMCA Brunel are delighted to be opening a new project for 16- and 17-year-old looked after children in Glastonbury in early Spring 2022.

Park Terrace is a spacious Victorian end of terrace town house occupying a prime position within walking distance of the historic town centre and only a couple of miles away from Strode College and Clarke’s village.  It will accommodate 5... Read more

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19 January 2022

Hope Rise in the news

We are thrilled to be mentioned in this article from the Big Issue

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19 January 2022

DJ in the making

In Frome, we have a lovely local man called Jeremy Wescott who has a radio show called Wescott’s world with Frome FM.

He also donates generous amounts of items to support our young people that he has been donated himself from the local community and further afield. He is a big part of the Frome community. Ryan, one of the young people... Read more

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14 January 2022

Thanks to Iceland and Hunts Food Service in Yeovil

A special thanks to our local Hunts Food Service and Iceland in Yeovil for their support and wonderful food donations to help us celebrate the Christmas period and New Year!

We were able to lay spreads of buffet food and provide our young people across our Yeovil Cluster and Core projects with a delicious Turkey dinner, along with all the trimmings AND a selection of puddings to choose from for those with a sweeter tooth! We really appreciate donations and... Read more

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13 January 2022

Thankyou’s and Christmas in some of our housing projects

A HUGE thank you for all the donations of money and gifts for our residents at Christmas.

Over £2000 was raised through a variety of means, including a quiz night at the White Horse pub in Crewkerne; a bingo night at Tramways in Wells; Maiden Beech Academy non uniform day as well as donations from Somerset Community... Read more

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12 January 2022

Let’s talk about… Counselling…

In the summer of 2021, our Nightstop project was fortunate enough to get the go ahead to set up a counselling service for the young people we are working with here.

Our counsellor started working with us in June and since then has seen a total of eleven young people, seven of which have benefitted from an average of 12 sessions each. Why counselling? Since the start of the pandemic at... Read more

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12 January 2022

New classes added to Health & Wellbeing timetable

The YMCA Health & Wellbeing centre in Bath has started the New Year by adding even more exciting classes to their already fabulous timetable.

New classes include: body conditioning, new indoor cycling classes, power yoga, yogalates (a fusion of yoga and Pilates) and new teachers for circuits! The Tuesday morning 11am Yoga for all class has now become a community class giving free access... Read more

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11 January 2022

12 year old Millie organised a non-uniform day at school to raise money for the YMCA

We were overwhelmed by Millie and her appreciation of her own circumstances compared to those of others and then her wish to raise money and support others – here is her story…

“Hello, my name is Millie and I am 12 years old.  I am honoured to be Head of School Council at my school, Maiden Beech Academy in Crewkerne.  This opportunity has given me a chance to work with School Council... Read more

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