Celebrating the World Week of Prayer

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World Week of Prayer

We’re celebrating the World Week of Prayer, the theme of which is Stand up, Speak Up where people across YMCAs and YWCAs across the globe are invited to reflect on their voices, individually and collectively, as they speak out against evil and oppression.  Each day at YMCA Wimbledon, YMCA Surbiton and YMCA Walthamstow we will…

Christmas Activities

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YMCA LSW Christmas

November 6, 2017 We have lots of fun activities over the Christmas period for children and adults to enjoy! On the 1st of December YMCA White House will be celebrating the start of Advent with Christmas tree decoration, launching their new youth centre and switching on their Christmas lights! The community are going to be decorating their…

Celebrating the success of our residents football team

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Residents Football Team

Our residents football team is made up of around 35 residents at YMCA Walthamstow (formerly YMCA East London). It’s a great way to keep fit and make friends: ‘Playing with the residents football team helps me to remain calm and focused when feeling lonely and anxious,’ says Awet.

Kingston Samaritans supporting our residents

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Samaritans

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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youth club playground

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…