How the Winter Night Shelter helped me turn my life around

Rob Lowe, aged 38, is a recent guest at the Merton Winter Night Shelter and has been living at YMCA Wimbledon for the past 3 weeks. Struggling with recovery from alcohol and substance mis-use, Rob left his job as a scaffolder and broke up with his partner, leaving behind his 17 year old daughter and…



Nurserylands Preschool rated as “Good” by Ofsted

We just received our Ofsted report and delighted to announce that Nurserylands Preschool at YMCA White House in Hampton has been rated as Good! We also received Outstanding for Personal Development, behaviour and welfare. No wonder our preschool for children aged 2-4 years is so well loved in the local community. It’s all down to…



Try our new Meditation Class at Hampton Pool

Would you like to relax, learn how to deal with stress and focus on your wellbeing with meditation? Then try the new Meditation Class at Hampton Pool – it’s the perfect way to find balance in your life with mindfulness exercises. It’s a gentle class, taught by our instructor Ellie Sheldrake. It can help to…



A free therapeutic journey with Creating Wellness

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

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…



No joining fee at our gyms throughout January!

We’ve got a special gym promotion for you throughout January with no joining fee for new members! Why not pop into your local YMCA Health & Wellbeing Centre to find out more about this exciting gym promotion? You’ll love the range of modern equipment, the number of fitness classes on offer and our friendly staff….



Making a difference to our residents’ lives

Supporting residents, the Community Activities Team (CATeam) is based at both YMCA Wimbledon and YMCA Surbiton. We aim to equip residents with the tools required for independent living and wellbeing as part of their pathway during their stay. The programmes for supporting residents are holistic in their approach. They include activities such as arts, sports…



Supported lodgings for young people

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…



Surbiton has a pocket of Bethlehem on Christmas Day

Christmas Day is a special time at YMCA Surbiton for around 100 people from the community and for our residents. Local church St Andrew and St Mark’s organises a wonderful lunch, with volunteers who serve the dinner, chefs to cook the food and drivers to give lifts to and from the hostel. The church sources…



YMCA Walthamstow Christmas Carols

It’s that time of year when we get together and sing our hearts out with our Community Singing Group! We are preparing for our Christmas Carols celebration in the café at YMCA Walthamstow on Monday 18 December at 3pm. On offer will be some free refreshments (festive of course!) and plenty of Christmas carols to…