YMCA Exeter’s first virtual Sleep Easy event brings fun and laughter to children and young people during lockdown

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YMCA Exeter saw over 160 people sign up to the first virtual Sleep Easy event on Friday 19th February. The week-long event provided free activities and a focus throughout half-term for families during lockdown and culminated in a big sleepover on the Friday night.   The virtual event invited children and young people to swap…

YMCA Exeter tackles city’s challenging 1-bed housing crisis with plans to transform an abandoned warehouse

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YMCA Exeter and Exeter City Council, alongside Homes England, are launching a joint venture to tackle Exeter’s 1-bed housing crisis by taking an abandoned warehouse in Acland Road – near the city centre – and converting it into 26 self-contained studio apartments. Each apartment will provide a young person with a permanent, affordable home and…

YMCA Exeter celebrates receiving £9k from The National Lottery to help children, young people and residents facing mental health concerns

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YMCA Exeter is today celebrating after being awarded almost £9k in National Lottery funding to support its work with children, young people and residents facing mental health concerns. We will use the money to run further groups and early intervention support to help children and young people build resilience so they can cope during mental…

Spotting young people’s potential and giving them time

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Over the past few weeks our YMCA Exeter youth and support workers have been in touch with young people getting their GCSE, BTEC and A-Level results. Read on to hear our Joint CEO, Si Johns, reflect on his own story from education into employment and discovering God’s calling. _______________________________________________________________________ Being a teenager in 2020 is pretty nerve…

Young people face life after lockdown amid anxiety, loneliness and growing uncertainty over their future

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New research from YMCA reveals that 77% of young people have felt lonelier and more isolated during lockdown, 73% feel more stressed, and more than half (56%) are worried about falling behind at school. Five months into a global pandemic, this vulnerable and disproportionately affected group find themselves anxious, isolated and futureless.    As young people…

Host family recruitment advert

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TEN:10 Interns 2019/20 “My host family made it so easy for me to feel at home in Exeter. They became my second family and supported me all the time, comforted me and gave me a home of love, joy and warmth.” -Carmen, Intern 19/20 We’re looking for local host families to give our new TEN:10…

YMCA Exeter spreads Midsummer Joy across the city

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YMCA Exeter surprised residents and business owners in Exeter last week with random acts of socially-distanced kindness.  Free bags of chocolate, posies of flowers and drink vouchers sprang up attached to railings and trees across the city in a bid to put a smile on the faces of people coming out of lockdown. Sticking carefully…

YMCA Exeter offers early intervention support to young people, their parents and carers, to address emerging mental health concerns

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YMCA Exeter is offering early intervention support to young people, their parents and carers, to address emerging mental health concerns as recent data shows that roughly three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition.    As Covid-19 pandemic sees rise in fear of long-term mental health impact on children and young people, YMCA Exeter is calling on parents and carers to not face this…

Praying for lasting positive change: YMCA Exeter stands in solidarity

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Written by Gareth Sorsby and Si Johns (Joint CEOs) Psalm 103:6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.     As a local Christian charity, wishing to demonstrate God’s love for all people and communities, YMCA Exeter stands in solidarity with everyone working peacefully to end racism and discrimination. To this end,…