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…



YMCA Exeter join Exeter City Council in pilot work experience programme

Monday 9th April, 2018  Six young residents from YMCA Exeter were invited to spend a time a day at the Civic Centre to pilot a new programme which aims to introduce homeless people into employment at the Council. YMCA Exeter has existed in Exeter since 1846 and we provide services in Supported Accommodation, Training and…



The benefits of routine

In our final training video for The Monster Race, we meet YMCA resident Alex who discusses the benefits of routine, exercise and healthy living in his life.



Meet Zaq!

Training for the Monster Race, which was unfortunately postponed due to poor snowditions (see what we did there!?), has been so busy over the past few weeks that we’ve been a bit late in posting our vlogs! However, a few weeks ago we met Zaq, a YMCA resident who has been determined to use Monster…




At this week’s Monster Run Training Session we sat down with Paul Little, Personal Trainer with Active Life Fitness… Affectionately known as ‘ALF’! For the past year Paul has ran fitness sessions for residents living at YMCA Exeter, inspiring them to live a healthier lifestyle and make wise choices when it comes to food and…