Making a difference to our residents’ lives

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Supporting residents

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

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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

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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

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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…

Christmas carols at Surbiton Farmers’ Market

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community choir

This Saturday 16 December the Community Choir from YMCA Surbiton will be bringing the Christmassy spirit to Surbiton Farmer’s Market.  The market is on Maple Road in Surbiton. It features 26 local farmers and producers offering fresh produce and speciality foods. As you wander around the lovely array of food stalls, our Community Choir will…

YMCA Hawker Health & Wellbeing news

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YMCA Hawker

Get fit with friends and family at YMCA Hawker in Kingston Have a healthy and happy Christmas with friends and family with our special Health and Wellbeing membership offer of £25 for 25 days – and no joining fee! Our well equipped modern gym is perfect for a great workout, with staff on hand to…

Supporting our residents in training and education

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Courses

During their time with us, residents are encouraged to get the most from YMCA with support to attend courses, life journeys, volunteering, training and education. Ronnie Beharry, who is in his 50s, is one such resident who has been living at YMCA Surbiton since 2015.