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James’ Story

Since the death of his mother when he was only 10 years old, James was living in a rented flat with just him and his father.

When James was 19, his father too passed away. At a young age, James was suddenly faced with rent responsibility and learning to live on his own. Struggling with speech and language difficulties and undiagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder, James came... Read more

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The WI at Chewton Mendip

The WI at Chewton Mendip have been busy making baby bags for new mums who are staying at our YMCA.

The bags have all sorts of goodies inside them – from homemade blankets, mittens, clothes and toys to items like talc, also something for Mum as a treat. We are always so grateful to the support from our local WI’s... Read more

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On behalf of YMCA Scotland, YMCA Ireland and YMCA England & Wales

“It is with great sadness that the YMCA family across all four nations acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty The Queen."

“As we recognise this grave loss, we are reminded of Her Majesty’s selfless devotion to our nation and to the Commonwealth, providing commendable leadership and continuity during times of crisis and of celebration. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of Her... Read more

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Cream Tea & Mini Art Event

Join us for a lovely afternoon of cream teas, coffee, cake, local art, story telling for children and access to the community library.


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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 staff teams and managers and were blown away by... Read more

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Celebrating national bird day at our Bath nursery!

It is national bird day today and we are fortunate to be in the city centre and yet have a fantastic view from our nursery windows.

The view outside is always a great talking point and today the children spotted flocks of birds in the sky, this led to us looking up birds in our bird books and we decided that we wanted to learn more... Read more

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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 children feel comfortable and... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 Holly apply for... Read more

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