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Prezzies for Rezzies: could you bring a smile to someone’s face this Christmas?

How many presents do you expect to get this Christmas? Some people won’t expect any.

Many YMCA residents have no social connections, some are not invited home for Christmas and for others, home is a stark reminder of an abusive past. Please help us change that!

You can do so by donating presents to our supported housing residents. Present ideas include toiletry items, puzzles, art materials, sweets and warm clothing for the winter (no alcohol please). Please click on the image for more information.

We have collection points for UNWRAPPED gifts at:

– YMCA Bournemouth, 56 Westover Road BH1 2BS
– Southbourne Childrens’ Centre, 108 Stourvale Road, BH6 5JB
– The Junction Leisure Centre, Broadstone BH18 8AX

For further information please contact Tess on 01202 290451

Thank you so much for your generous support!


A significant moment in YMCA history

YMCA Bournemouth is a member of a much larger organisation with a rich and proud history. On the evening of Wednesday 22 November 2017, YMCA England & Wales  returned to its roots at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate its work, pay homage to supporters, staff and volunteers and give thanks for the life and pioneering work of its founder.

St Paul’s Cathedral has played a continuing pivotal role in YMCA’s 173-year long history. Founded by Sir George Williams in its Church Yard in 1844, at just 22 years old, he would later be laid to rest in its crypt following his funeral there in 1905.

Proceedings began with a wreath laying ceremony in the crypt beneath the cathedral at the grave of Sir George Williams, attended by his direct descendants who placed the wreath. It closed with a blessing led by YMCA’s President, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Afterwards, guests and the public gathered inside the Cathedral’s walls in their hundreds for a special YMCA-themed Choral Evensong, one of the most-loved services at St Paul’s, and sung by the Cathedral Choir.

The service put particular focus on our growing work around young people’s mental health; it was shared with the congregation the vast reach and impact that YMCA has, with its mental health services alone supporting more than 17,000 young people in the last year.


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.


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