YMCA Society seeks to support the work of YMCA Exeter through raising awareness of their work, fundraising and supporting their residents in practical ways. In the past, they have fundraised through the Great West Run (Exeter half marathon), Sleep Easy (a sponsored sleep-out), Santa Powerfan (a freefall on Exeter Quay) and various cake sales in forum. They also seek to help our residents in practical ways, for the last two years making gift boxes for the residents of YMCA Exeter at Christmas time.
The scope of YMCA Society is to also inform students of volunteering opportunities within YMCA Exeter and other homelessness charities in Exeter, enabling students to make a difference and become involved in Exeter’s wider society. This could be from serving food at a soup kitchen to helping coordinate emergency housing for young people with nowhere to go. This year, YMCA Society are also looking to do more regular socials to provide a community of students who are all passionate about this issue and want to run training sessions, enabling students to gain an increased understanding of the issue and how to help.
YMCA Society at Sleep Easy Exeter, March 2020

Meet the committee 2020/21

Josh Parkin - President

Josh is a second year physics student. He’s always felt strongly about homelessness and been interested in the causes and effects.

Last year, Josh volunteered for Just Love homeless breakfasts on Saturday mornings, and took part in Sleep Easy 2019, which inspired him to join YMCA committee.

He’s really keen at what can be done and what YMCA society can achieve this year! Most recently, Josh ran the Great West Run half marathon and raised over £200 for YMCA Exeter.

Ben Fenton - Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator

Ben got involved with YMCA during first year when he was affected by the plight of the homeless in his new city.

Since joining YSoc, Ben spent his second year playing 5-a-side every Tuesday with residents of the YMCA sports group. In addition, Ben participated in the annual Sleep Easy and worked with Just Love Exeter to provide shoeboxes full of luxury presents for all 51 residents at the Y.

Ben was absent from Freshers week 2019 (something he feels very guilty about!) as he just returned from travelling Latin America after his third summer on a Salvation Army Camp in Colorado, USA.


Joining YMCA society will give you an opportunity to find out more about homelessness, be part of tackling the issues surrounding homelessness and make great friends!
We’d love for you to get involved, please check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details!

Contact us directly by emailing Ben Fenton, bf290@exeter.ac.uk with the subject YMCA Society.