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…

Lani’s Story

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31-year-old Lani* moved to YMCA Exeter when she was just 16, escaping an abusive home and looking for safety. Moved to action by the Council’s threats to cut YMCA Exeter’s funding, Lani shared her inspirational story of how the YMCA support team helped her overcome adversity and thrive. “I came to YMCA Exeter in 2008…

Five Steps to Wellbeing.

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Winter can be a difficult time of year when moods run low and anxiety starts to take over. At YMCA Exeter we regularly encourage our young people to think about the ‘5 steps to wellbeing’ – one of these key steps is ‘give to others’. Almost three months ago, YMCA Exeter resident Jade Rowden started…

Celebrating our volunteer team of bakers

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Behind the scenes, quietly working away, we have an incredible team of eight volunteer cake bakers. Every week, without fail, a delicious homemade cake and welcome card is dropped off, ready to welcome new young people arriving to live at YMCA Exter. Cathy Knowles shares why she volunteers: “Around seven years ago I was asked…

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…