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Lytchett Minster School 6th form students raise over £3000 for YMCA Bournemouth by ‘sleeping rough’ in their school grounds


On 3rd November, over 60 local sixth form students gave up their Friday night to raise funds for YMCA Bournemouth and raise awareness of local homelessness by building cardboard box shelters in the grounds of Lytchett Minster School and sleeping outside for the night. The event raised over £3000!

The participants, Lytchett students aged between 16 and 18, sought sponsorship from family and friends before spending the evening creating their shelters – made from boxes donated by The Big Yellow Self Storage Company – taking part in quizzes and keeping themselves warm through exercises, eating croissants donated by Tesco and pizza donated by Domino’s.

Prizes were awarded for the best shelter and the winning teams, led by Millie Murray-Brown and Katie Harrison, were presented with Domino’s vouchers. Thank you gifts including Primark vouchers and driving lessons from New Driver School of Motoring were also on offer for the star fundraisers, the winner emerging as 18-year-old Rhiannon Weaver who raised over £250!


Talbot Village Trust grant leads to purchase of essential branded gazebo

Talbot Trust donates to YMCA Bournemouth, the latter's staff are pictured
YMCA Bournemouth Executive Director Jackie Weeden; Events Coordinator Sheena Dayman; and Communications Officer Richard Chumbley

We organise events throughout the year to create awareness of the issues people are tackling on a daily basis within Dorset and to fundraise to help those affected to return to independent living. These events are hugely important to our work.

Recently a YMCA Bournemouth branded gazebo was purchased with £2000 funding given by Talbot Village Trust for it to be used at a number of events held throughout the year. The gazebo has enabled us to further promote the work we do to help those in need.

Mark Inkpen, our deputy director, said: ‘‘We are very grateful for the grant received from Talbot Trust which enabled us to buy a new branded gazebo. It has enabled our presence to be clearly seen at the various events we run to promote our work with children, young people and their families, and the homeless.’’


World Mental Health Day #IAMWHOLE campaign and Competition

On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, the NHS, YMCA and young people from around the world will come together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help.

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, World YMCA Secretary General, encourages young people to get involved with the #IAMWHOLE campaign.

“Through our #IAMWHOLE campaign we are providing young people with a platform to speak out on the biggest health issue affecting them right now. Our very own One Million Voices research found that more than a third of young people are lacking the information they want and need on mental health.”

Poor mental health is costing more and more children and young people their education, their employment prospects and, without action, it is costing them their lives.

Help the NHS and YMCA make an impact in challenging the harmful language surrounding mental health.

If you’d like to get involved:


The Latest Issue of the YMCA Bournemouth Newsletter is Now Online

The latest issue of ‘Changing People’s Lives’ is now online. You can read about our latest news and recent work here:



A host of smiling faces at our recent animal workshop for residents

staff and residents with a range of animals
We provide short-term supported housing for men and women with a focus on helping the residents return to or achieve independent living. As part of this we sometimes organise confidence-boosting and therapeutic experiences for the residents.

Recently we ran an activity along these lines at Delta House: an amazing animal workshop involving local company PB Animal Adventures. The event was also attended by a number of YMCA staff members.


YMCA Bournemouth receives cheque for £4200 as a result of ‘Charity of the Year’ selection

On 20th July 2017, YMCA Bournemouth were presented with a cheque for £4201.92 by Sainsbury’s Talbot Health as a result of in-store fundraising activities made possible by our selection as the store’s ‘charity of the year’.


Tired but happy! YMCA Bournemouth residents’ Sandyholme trip

YMCA Chaplain Jez, EVS volunteers Marian and Franzi and Accommodation Support Workers Tess, Jonny and Pete took a group of YMCA Bournemouth residents to Sandyholme for three days of activities and workshops from 27th to 29th June.


Volunteer of the Year Award – Congratulations to the winners!

Huge congratulations to the nominees and winners of our Volunteer of the Year Awards. Our volunteers are invaluable to our organisation and we are immensely grateful for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Congratulations in particular to Christine Graydon at the Townsend Children’s Project for being named Volunteer of the Year!


Local Youth Charity Calls On Political Candidates To Take On National YMCA Manifesto Recommendations

A youth charity from Bournemouth is calling on local political candidates to listen to the voices of young people who have been given a platform in this year’s General Election through a national YMCA manifesto.

YMCA Bournemouth, which supports 2,000 young people across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, has given its backing to the national YMCA manifesto that lists more than 40 recommendations for the next government, all inspired by consultations with young people across the country. The recommendations cover a diverse range of subjects that matter to young people today, including access to housing, mental health support, apprenticeships and physical health and wellbeing.

Lucy Culkin, Business Development Manager at YMCA Bournemouth, said: “Only 43% of young people voted in the last General Election and, as such, young people’s voices can be easily ignored by political candidates and decision makers. “We’re backing this manifesto because it puts young people back at the centre of political debate, ensuring that the issues that matter most to them are highlighted in the run up to 8 June.

“Young people have the most to gain – and the most to lose – from the policies of any future government and that is why we’re calling on our local candidates to put YMCA’s recommendations front and centre of their policies in the coming years.”

YMCA Bournemouth runs a range of services across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch including children’s centres, gyms, housing support and youth support. It is part of a nationwide YMCA federation of 116 local charities that, combined, works across 740 communities and supports 630,000 people.

View the YMCA’s national manifesto at: www.ymcabournemouth.org.uk/ymca-manifesto-2017

For more information on YMCA Bournemouth, visit www.ymcabournemouth.org.uk

Young people are also being encouraged to register to vote ahead in the General Election by the Monday 22 May deadline. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote


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