Oct


2

Could spending sometime away from the screen benefit you?

Recognising that technology is very much part of the world we live in and the many benefits that it can bring us. It is also important to understand the impact that this can have on other areas of our lives that we may not realise. By being aware of how much time we spend online…

Aug


27

Our Community Centre doors reopen

As of Tuesday 1st September, we will reopen our community centres in Redditch Malvern and Upton. This will enable our centre activities to resume including room hire, youth clubs and community group meetings. If you are looking to attend a particular event please check with the event organiser for further details. We are blessed at…

Aug


26

Job Coaches offer support for those looking for employment

Whether you are looking for your first job or have recently become unemployed a Job Coach provides free and confidential support to help you find employment. You might consider signing up to the Building Better Opportunities project if: You are trying to find your first job You would like to improve your CV to increase…

Aug


21

Young people come together to support local causes

Young people have volunteered over 600 hours for local causes in Worcestershire as part the NCS keep doing good initiative which aims to reach 1 million hours. As the traditional programme that was planned for this summer couldn’t go ahead, young people decided to pledge their time to support their local community. Over 40 young…

Aug


21

Happiness Hampers are successful in spreading joy across the county

We joined forces with funders, local partners and the community to spread a little joy this week. Recognising that this a summer like no other for Worcestershire families, the charity joined forces with Worcestershire Children’s First, Worcestershire County Council and youth and community partners across the districts. YMCAs Youth Work, Nursery and Employability teams planned…

Jun


17

Our Nurseries welcome back children

As we welcome back more children to our nurseries after lockdown, Our Early Years and Childcare teams have been taking all the necessary steps to keep children, parents, and our staff team safe. We are following Government and NHS guidelines in all our nursery and childcare settings and have gathered valuable experience in our nurseries…

Jun


17

Chief Executive Officer Vacancy

YMCA Worcestershire is a local independent charity, as part of the wider YMCA movement in England and Wales; the largest and oldest youth charity in the world. With a history dating back over 150 years, YMCA Worcestershire came into being in 2013 as a result of merging YMCA charities in Redditch and Worcester. We are…

Jun


17

YMCA spreads sunflowers across Worcestershire

For Mental Health Awareness Week YMCA spreads sunflower seeds across Worcestershire to our nurseries, housing, youth and employability programmes. The campaign aims to spread joy and represents the importance of looking after our mental health. By nurturing the plants we enable them to flourish. Those taking part have taken photos and posted on our social…

Dec


5

Work Placements at YMCA

Symonne and Claire study at the University of Worcester and are currently working towards a Youth and Community degree. As part of their placement, they work within our support team  on a variety of different projects. One of the main areas which Symonne and Claire work on is resident engagement programmes. Some of this includes employment workshops,…

Oct


10

World Mental Health Day 2016

Hi! My name is Claire. I have been a volunteer at the YMCA Worcestershire for a year now and have been working with the staff at the YMCA to organise the #IAMWHOLE campaign for World Mental Health Day. I am very passionate about working with young people which is why I am studying Youth and…

Oct


8

Great YMCA Bake Off is Back!

We are very excited to announce that the Great YMCA Bake Off is back. Great YMCA Bake Off is a community event that invites all bakers to bring there bakes along on the day to be judged to become Worcestershire’s Star Baker. There are 4 categories you can enter in to classic bake, cupcake creation,…

Jun


27

Where has the EU Referendum left young people?

On June 24th I woke up to my social media filled with a mountain of posts about the EU Referendum results. It was clear those who voted remain shown signs of anger; fear and sadness, either way, the vote for Brexit will no doubt be a defining political movement. I have seen a lot on…

Jun


22

Networking with a difference, come along to the Mentor on the Move

When- 12th July 2:30-4:30 Where YMCA Worcestershire –Henwick Road, Worcester, WR52NS What Mentor on the Move, Networking Event with Social Enterprise West Midlands Cost: FREE We have some exciting news to share with you SEWM (Social Enterprise West Midlands) are hosting their Mentor on the Move at YMCA Worcestershire. The Networking event is a FREE…

Jun


6

The story of George Williams and how YMCA empowers young people

Blog Written by Ken Montgomery  George Williams is credited as the founder of YMCA. The first meeting of our organisation took place in a drapers shop in St Paul’s Yard, in central London, on 6 June 1844 (172 years ago today). George was the seventh of eight children born into a ‘well to do’ devout…

May


27

Doing More With Donations For Young People

It is is a sad to think that young people who live in Worcestershire go to bed each night and might be hungry. When more than ever families are accessing food banks because they can’t afford food for their family. 152 young people stay at YMCA each night many of them have experienced crisis and…

May


17

Come and Volunteer in our Chaplaincy department

YMCA Chaplaincy provides pastoral, emotional and spiritual support to staff, residents and anyone who has contact With Worcestershire YMCA. This care and support are open to all, regardless of faith, background or circumstance and is confidential and non-judgemental. Our Chaplains seek to make Christ and His values present throughout the YMCA by listening to people,…

May


16

Jamie Succeeds With Talent Match

Shaw Trust, in partnership with St Basil’s and YMCA, was awarded £1.5m by The Big Lottery Fund in 2014 to support young people in Worcestershire who are struggling the most to find career opportunities. Many of the young people on the programme have experienced barriers to work such as social exclusion, learning difficulties and homelessness….

May


16

Core Tree’s Sleep Easy Blog

Thank you to Core Tree Who took part in YMCA Worcestershire’s Sleep Easy event read their blog here Friday 22nd April was YMCA Worcestershire’s Sleep Easy event raising money and awareness for those that are homeless in the county. It was the first time that I have taken part in a fundraising event for some…

May


6

Social Enterprise West Midlands Mentor on the Move Comes to YMCA

To attend the event click here Date: 10 May, 2016 Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Location: YMCA, Henwick Road, Worcester, WR2 5NS Cost: FREE Join us to access information and support about the sector, kickstart your social enterprise journey and exchange ideas, best practice and expertise amongst peers. SEWM will be on hand to…

May


5

The NCS Youth Board

Summer was a great time for young people of Worcestershire especially the 150 young people that graduated from our NCS Programme. For some of the young people have continued to engage with NCS and are now part of the Youth Board! The youth board gives young people the opportunity to be part of the NCS…

May


5

National Citizen Service Summer Cohort

On Saturday, we had our July 11th Cohort of 75 young people attend their first NCS Teambuilding Day at the University of Worcester. Take a look at the two images and you will see the ‪#‎NCSeffect‬ in action! What a difference 3 hours can have making new friends, meeting staff and having fun! We can’t…

Apr


29

My Work Experience at YMCA Worcestershire

This week I have been in the YMCA office Redditch working with Charlotte completing various tasks. I learnt a lot from looking at the digital marketing side of the YMCA and how people here advertise volunteering opportunities and charity events through social media such as Facebook and Twitter and how important social media is within…

Apr


29

Giving young people a voice

Dan Owen who was awarded the YMCA Worcestershire’s Positive Impact award has gone from strength to strength and has now been elected to join the Worcestershire ‘Youth Cabinet’. Being part of the youth cabinet is an exciting opportunity for Dan. He now has the opportunity to have his voice heard by local, regional and national…