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…

Overcoming fears to leave a legacy

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YMCA Exeter resident Kirstie tells me she does not like heights. And yet we’re standing on a platform, 25 feet above the ground wearing hard hats and safety harnesses. Kirstie and other residents have spent the week helping to renovate St Sidwell’s Church bell and tower, in its permanent home opposite YMCA Exeter’s new Sidwell…

First residents move into Sidwell Studios!

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It’s been a wonderful few weeks welcoming our first residents into the newly completed, Sidwell Studios. YMCA Exeter resident, 24-year-old Owen, was the first to move in: “I don’t think it’s properly sunk in yet. There’s no way I could have afforded something like this. Not even house shares are this affordable. It only takes…

YMCA Exeter celebrates Midsummer Joy

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Midsummer Joy is our random act of kindness week. And what a week we had! Our Lighthouse café ran Monday – Thursday with live music sessions from residents and staff. The sun shone and with our gazebo up and bunting fluttering, we added in some classic old-fashioned fete competitions for people to try. Splat the Rat,…

Sad loss of a beloved friend and YMCA Exeter Trustee, Paul Cloke

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“On Wednesday 25th May we learned the desperately saddening news that Paul Cloke, a Trustee for YMCA Exeter, had died following a heart attack. Paul was an amazing Man of God, who put his all into his Trusteeship at both YMCA Exeter and St. Petrock’s. Before becoming a Trustee, Paul was greatly involved in volunteering with…

YMCA EXETER’S GROUNDBREAKING HOUSING INITIATIVE, SIDWELL STUDIOS, OFFICIALLY OPENED

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Councillor Phil Bialyk officially opened YMCA Exeter’s brand new Sidwell Studios with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday 10th May, 11am. The event, attended by city and county Councillors, marks the unveiling of a fantastic joint venture to tackle Exeter’s 1-bed housing crisis by taking an abandoned warehouse near the city centre and converting it into…

A Heritage Like No Other

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As we look forward to the opening of our brand new Sidwell Studios, we also want to take a moment to praise God for the incredible heritage we’ve been blessed with over the years. We’ve recently had the privilege of welcoming Bob Whitchurch (YMCA Exeter Chairman 1986-1996) back as a volunteer and it’s been amazing…

Sleep Easy

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Thank you to everyone who came along to Sleep Easy on Friday 11th March and to everyone who supported us in so many ways. The amount of involvement, support, creativity and commitment was wonderful, and we thank all the participants and their supporters for raising a fantastic £7,000.  This is going directly to help with…

At 18 I found myself homeless and sleeping rough: Callum’s story

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Callum Hardy was 18 years old when he slept rough for around five months. Here he tells his story: At 18 I found myself homeless and sleeping rough. I can remember the first night. I was scared. Lost. And cold. So cold. The hardest part was falling asleep. I didn’t know what would happen to…