Exeter Youtuber and YMCA Exeter join forces to share pioneering gaming knowledge

Exeter YouTuber, Andy Robertson and YMCA Exeter are joining forces for a unique evening to confront the negative associations around gaming and help parents, carers, youth workers and teachers as they guide children towards making healthy gaming choices. Andy Robertson, a journalist for the BBC, the Guardian, and the Telegraph is drawing on research and…



YMCA Exeter raises over £7,000 in record-breaking Big Give Christmas Challenge

YMCA Exeter is coming together with almost 600 charities to thank supporters who donated through the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019. Through this year’s Christmas Challenge, we smashed our target and raised over £7,000 to help tackle youth homelessness, in just seven days. During the week YMCA Exeter raised…



YMCA Exeter joins Christmas Challenge aiming to double supporters’ gifts

YMCA Exeter is gearing up to double supporters’ Christmas donations by taking part in the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019. Now in its 12th year, The Christmas Challenge launches at midday on 3rd December (Giving Tuesday) and runs for just seven days, until 10th December 2019. Throughout the week,…



YMCA fundraising dinner raises £5,000 to enhance mental health provision

On Friday 11th October YMCA Exeter held its fourth annual fundraising dinner at Woodbury Park Hotel with guests including: Karime Hassan, CEO of Exeter City Council; John Laramy, Principal of Exeter College; and Gill Hayes, Mental Health Champion and Tedx Exeter speaker. The Gala Dinner was attended by 170 people and through ticket sales, a…



YMCA Exeter appoints trustees from Exeter business community

Two new trustees and Non-Executive Directors have been appointed at YMCA Exeter, joining the Board of Trustees led by chair, Paul Reisbach. Sara Traynor and Llew Nicholls, both members of Exeter’s thriving business community, bring combined expertise in leadership, coaching, business and marketing. The appointments have been made to help facilitate YMCA Exeter’s growth as…



The Gathering

(aka a big tent, 2,500 men and the Gospel!) “Amazing, life-changing, spectacular… Just some of the words our young people have used to describe their experiences of CVM’s The Gathering, a men’s Christian festival in a field near Swindon that we took them to last month. On Friday 21st June, with the prayerful support of…



Supporters join YMCA Exeter for afternoon cream tea

Individuals, churches and businesses from across the city joined YMCA Exeter for a special cream tea event, thanking them for their generous support to the charity over the past year. On Tuesday 7th May, 50 guests visited our residential centre to hear about our continued impact as well as tour the supported accommodation we provide…



Story Spotlight: Resident Oliver shares his mental health journey

“The YMCA won’t fix all your problems, but it will save your life”. Meet Oliver, he is 28 years old and has lived at YMCA Exeter for several years.  Oliver moved to Devon at the age of 7 with his mum, brother and grandparents, following his parents’ separation and his father moving overseas. Oliver soon…



YMCA Exeter wins bid to help local young people with housing

YMCA Exeter is celebrating after making a successful bid for funding from Nationwide Building Society for our work to support housing in the area. Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, has been looking to support charities dealing with the many issues around housing in the South West area, and made £500,000 available to help make a difference…