A cafe with a difference

Following a month long crowdfunding campaign and the inspirational effort of a small team of residents, YMCA Exeter this week opened it’s first ‘pop-up cafe’ in the city centre. ‘Communi-Cafe’, the name chosen by young residents living at YMCA Exeter, is part of our Connect skills and enterprise programme which trains young people in disciplines…



NCS students step up to raise awareness of homelessness

Earlier this month Exeter based students organised and took part in a sponsored sleep-out and cake sale in support of residents living at YMCA Exeter. The group of 12, all aged between 15 and 17, were part of an initiative from the National Citizen Service (NCS) where they spent four weeks developing workplace skills, increasing…



Residents launch crowdfunder ahead of summer pop-up café

A group of our young residents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support their pop-up café initiative this August in Princesshay. The crowdfunding campaign, which includes incentives Exeter Cookery School, is aiming to raise £6,000 for a one week, pop-up community café on Paris Street. Our new enterprise programme, CONNECT, takes young residents on a…



Sword fighting, tents and the Gospel

Earlier last month we had the privilege of taking seven residents away for the weekend to ‘The Gathering’, a men’s only festival run by CVM. The following has been written by Tim Wells, our Activities Co-ordinator who ran the weekend away. Taking place in a field near Swindon, The Gathering brings men’s groups and individuals…



Guest blog: accepted just as I am

In this week’s blog we take a look at God the Father’s love for his son and how as God’s children, he loves us simply because he created us. There are only two occasions in the Gospels when God the Father is heard to speak in a direct way. One is at the baptism of…




“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” We’ve joined together with over 20 local churches to bring a whole heap of joy to the City of Exeter. Beginning on Monday 4th June and culminating on ‘Back to Church Sunday’, 10th June, we will be…



George’s Story

Last week we sat down with George, a current YMCA Exeter resident who wanted to share his story with the wider YMCA community.  “Hi, I’m George, I’m 23 years old and I’ve lived at YMCA Exeter for 7 months now. Before coming to YMCA I’d been homeless, I’d sofa surfed and even slept rough for…



A special cream tea for our nearest and dearest

Hosted by YMCA Exeter’s President, The Right Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, our annual supporters’ cream tea took place on Tuesday 15th May, at Tuckers Hall on Fore Street.   The event was attended by regular donors and volunteers at YMCA Exeter who, during 2017/18, gave over £50,000 in donations and 8000 hours of volunteering…



YMCA launch community wellbeing hub on Newcourt estate

We are delighted to be partnering with Exeter Community Initiatives, Newcourt Community Association and Trinity Church to offer a new wellbeing hub at the heart of the Newcourt estate. YMCA own four houses on the Newcourt estate where residents can move on into independent living following a period of homelessness. YMCA, with Exeter Community Initiatives,…



YMCA Exeter collaborate with the University of Exeter to record music album

Thursday 12th April, 2018 Residents and volunteers at YMCA Exeter are delighted to announce that a recording of their EP album “Blessing” is now available online to download from Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Google Play and iTunes. The EP album is the result of a joint project called ‘Making Invisible People Visible’, between YMCA Exeter and…