YMCA Exeter award prestigious ‘Order of Red Triangle’

On Tuesday 27th October, 2018, we had the great honour and privilege of presenting the YMCA ‘Order of the Red Triangle’ award to Benjamin Grimsey. A long standing supporter of YMCA Exeter, Ben served on our Board of Trustees during the 1990s as well as on the Diocesan Board of Mission, through which Ben gave…



Descend into the freefall experience of your life with YMCA Exeter

YMCA Exeter are inviting daredevils from the local community to take part in their Christmas fundraising challenge – a freefall jump off Haven Banks Tower on Exeter Quay! On Saturday 8th December local people from Exeter, dressed in Santa suits, will jump off the 22 metre high tower to raise funds and awareness for youth…



Fundraising dinner raises £7,500 to combat homelessness

On Friday 12th October we held our third annual fundraising dinner at Woodbury Park Hotel with guests including The High Sheriff of Devon, Mrs Grania Philips, and Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer. The Black Tie event was attended by 160 people and through ticket sales, a silent auction and individual pledges,…



£20k funding boost for YMCA Exeter

We’re thrilled to announce that we have received £20,000 from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding boost will enable us to develop our new enterprise programme, enabling previously homeless young people to access the employment market through taking part in mini pop-up enterprises we have…



Ain’t no party like a YMCA ‘End of Summer’ bash!

To mark the end of an extraordinary summer and say hello to cosy nights and the season of hot chocolate and Guy Fawkes, we held our first ever ‘End of Summer’ bash, welcoming staff, volunteers and a new group of TEN:10 Interns into the YMCA Family.  Held at The Stable Rooftop Bar in Exeter, guests…



Exeter firm pledges support for city’s young and homeless

Exeter based civil engineering firm, Awcock Ward Partnership (AWP), has pledged support for the city’s young and homeless population by entering employees into this year’s Great West Run on behalf of YMCA Exeter. The local Christian organisation, YMCA, is committed to addressing the needs of young homeless people across Exeter and relies of charitable funds…



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…