In this crisis young people need us more than ever

A letter from our Joint CEO, Gareth Sorsby: I look back to February this year – we’d just left the EU; politics was hot on our minds and here at YMCA Exeter we were discussing the topic of homelessness with the BBC. Even thinking back to just three weeks ago and our night under the…



YMCA Exeter celebrate £180,000 raised over a decade of Sleep Easy

YMCA Exeter would like to say a big thank you to local residents for supporting the 10th anniversary of Sleep Easy and sleeping rough for one night to support local, homeless young people.    Over £6,000 was raised on the night as participants slept out on DIY cardboard beds, bringing the total to £180,000 raised over a decade of Sleep…



Our Response to Coronavirus

A message from our Joint CEOs, Gareth Sorsby and Si Johns: Under recent government guidelines we are doing all we can to assist in the reduction of Covid-19 virus spread, by reducing our physical community interaction spaces and replacing these with virtual social spaces for our young people to continue to connect with us and…



YMCA Exeter launch 10th anniversary of Sleep Easy night

YMCA Exeter  is calling on local residents to come together for the 10th anniversary of Sleep Easy and sleep rough for one night in March to support local, homeless young people. YMCA Exeter is one of several YMCAs across the country that have joined forces to raise awareness of youth homelessness on Saturday 14th March….



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…