Celebrating our first year of YMCA Exeter Ambassadors.

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YMCA Exeter’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Wilson, shares an array of successes as she looks back on the first year of our new Ambassador programme: Last Spring we launched our YMCA Exeter Ambassador programme. The scheme was borne out of the Lighthouse Training Programme which YMCA Exeter residents have the chance to work through and complete.  We wanted…

Residents share their thoughts on the Autumn Statement

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It was great to welcome BBC Spotlight to our Lighthouse cafe on Wednesday. Thank you to YMCA Exeter residents, Lewis and Chas* for sharing your thoughts on the Autumn statement. *name changed YMCA Exeter welcomes the new changes that the government has announced today to raise the minimum wage, to increase benefits by 6.7% and to…

YMCA Exeter celebrates small victory as Devon County Council pauses plans to stop funding support for homeless people 

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YMCA EXETER is relieved and thankful to hear that Devon County Council has pressed pause on plans to stop funding support for homeless people.  The news was announced by Devon County Council on Tuesday 8th August, less than a week after the special Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee meeting where Vice Chair, Martin…

A Vision of the Future for Devon

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In the lead up to the Devon County Council Scrutiny meeting on 27th July, we have produced an “Alternative” Report on the consultation on the proposal to cease the contribution to the 18+ Homeless Prevention funding across Devon. The Scrutiny meeting looking at the proposed cuts on their webcast. Details of how to watch can…

Four-person crew attempt world record breaking Arctic Ocean row.

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Devon and Somerset-based crew of four are gearing up to face a 550 nautical mile world record breaking row across the Arctic Ocean in July. Departing from Tromso, Norway, the Ocean Revival Arctic Rowing team will row for 10-15 days to reach Svalbard in the high North.   The team will be led by Plymouth-based Royal…

You are invited to the YMCA Exeter Christmas Service.

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We would love to invite you to the YMCA Exeter Christmas Service to be held at St David’s Church Exeter on Wednesday 14th December at 12.30pm.  The service will be open to our friends, supporters, volunteers, staff and residents and our Lighthouse Café team will be serving festive refreshments in the Church once the service…

Christmas Campaigns and Events

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Give the gift of sacred space this Christmas Over the last few years, 29-year-old Poppy has moved around shared and supported housing. Sometimes she had nowhere to stay and ended up sleeping in unsafe places. Chaotic and exhausting, Poppy struggled with deepening mental health issues. But since September, Poppy has begun to thrive. She is…

YMCA Gala Dinner Launches Legacy Giving Campaign.

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After a break of three years, it was wonderful to be able to host the Gala Dinner evening once again. We were joined by businesses and individuals from the local community, celebrating the theme ‘Building a Legacy for Young People in Devon’. With a glass of fizz in hand and looking very glamourous, the 140 guests were…