A free therapeutic journey with Creating Wellness

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Want to learn how to be your best self with Creating Wellness? Be true to who you are, explore your emotions and rebalance your wellbeing? Our six-week Creating Wellness course is designed to do just that with movement, music and art. Our Release counselling team are on hand with a supportive, non judgmental environment to…

Training for a marathon at YMCA Surbiton gym

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Fitness at YMCA Surbiton gym

Mariann Lenard, aged 27, has joined YMCA Surbiton Gym to improve her fitness and get ready for a marathon in her home country of Hungary. She joined the gym at the end of last year as she wanted to have a fitness regime that she could stick to. A Chessington resident, Mariann found it difficult…

Supported lodgings for young people

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Our Supported Lodgings scheme sees young people aged 16-25 in housing need matched with local hosts. The Supported Lodgings hosts provide support, encouragement and friendship to young people for up to two years’ stay. The young people are looking to return to education, employment or training.  Amin Hassan, 20, lives with host Frances Peebles, 66…

Kingston Samaritans supporting our residents

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We’re working with Kingston Samaritans to support YMCA Surbiton hostel residents. Two volunteers from Kingston Samaritans will be at the hostel reception every Tuesday from 7.30pm and 9.30pm to offer a listening ear.

Two new youth clubs in Kingston

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YMCA London South West is taking over the management of two youth clubs in Kingston on Wednesday 1 November: YMCA Dickerage Lane and Kingsnympton Youth Club, which will be sub-contracted to Kingston-based Christian youth charity Oxygen. We’ll be working closely with Achieving for Children to ensure that the facilities can continue to meet local need…

Why personal training works!

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Angelika Szmit, 23, a part-time waitress, lives in Walthamstow and moved to the UK from Poland in 2015. “I fell in love with London and learning English!” she explains. A combination of a party lifestyle and junk food saw her weight creep up to 95 kilos (approximately 15st) and it was only when she took…

Lorraine, 18, Yorkshire and Humber

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I am Whole

“I’ve been under CAMHS [Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services] since I was six years old. I’m not quite sure why, all I know is that I was diagnosed with Epilepsy at six and at around the same time I was also diagnosed with ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] symptoms, but the doctors didn’t actually…