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…

YMCA EXETER UNVEILS GROUND-BREAKING PLANS FOR NEW SUPPORTED HOUSING PATHWAY

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YMCA Exeter is excited to announce its plans for a ground-breaking Supported Housing Pathway, securing stable accommodation for the young people of Torbay and Plymouth. The new plans will see 83 homes established for young people at risk of or facing homelessness.   With over 40 years of experience delivering long-term affordable housing for young people…

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…

Something new is on the way!

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It’s wonderful to be able to take a break from talking about potential funding cuts and let you into some breaking news.  It’s been a little over a year since we opened Sidwell Studios – our first step in tackling the massive need for housing for young people in Exeter and Devon. It’s a rewarding…

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…

Interview with Rachel Davey, YMCA Exeter Youth Club Alumni.

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At age 12, Rachel Davey moved to the rural village of Broadclyst and discovered YMCA Exeter’s Youth Club, almost literally, right on her doorstep! Now 18 years old, Rachel kindly met with us to chat about how YMCA Exeter has supported her. We take her to Exeter’s Chococo Café – after six years at Youth…

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…