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…



Story Spotlight: Resident Jess tells her experiences of YMCA

“YMCA has been a life-changing opportunity for me and I hope other people my age can know about the YMCA too.” “My name is Jess, I’m 20 years old and I’ve lived at YMCA Exeter for one year this April. I first moved to St David’s Hill and after staying there for nine months I…



Funding from Allchurches Trust will enhance employment support

YMCA Exeter have been awarded £2,700 from Allchurches Trust in order to enhance our employment support and provision over the coming months. Our young people repeatedly tell us that they do not feel prepared enough for work, which can often be exacerbated by them just not knowing where to start in looking. Our workshop-based employment programme…



Knight Frank throws support behind YMCA Exeter Sleep Easy fundraiser

Local estate agents, Knight Frank is backing our annual fundraising night that will see local people sleep out for a night to raise funds and awareness about youth homelessness. The team at Knight Frank will be raising sponsorship money to help the sleep-out go with a swing on Saturday 9th March. The fundraising night is…



YMCA Exeter receive £19,500 to combat loneliness amongst young people

YMCA Exeter is set to work with young people to design innovative new ways to tackle youth loneliness after being awarded £19,500 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand. The local Christian charity, which runs from St David’s Hill, will work with young people to help make their existing community hub more accessible as well…