Alpha Course – Monday 24 February 2020

Got questions about life? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Come for a bite to eat, watch a talk and have a chat. Date: Monday 24 February 2020 Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Venue: YMCA Bournemouth – Restaurant “What I love about Alpha is that it’s…



Improve your Skills with this Practical Excel Course

Nowadays, everyone needs to know how to use the computer. However there are still almost a quarter (24.3%) of adults can’t use the computer (World Economic Forum, 2017). On top of this, only 5% of the population have reached the most proficient level of computer knowledge. Excel is an essential tool for the workplace, as…



Over £30k raised to combat homelessness at YMCA Bournemouth’s Big Sleep Easy

In the biggest ever event of its type in Dorset, on Saturday 16th November over 160 individuals, businesses and community organisations came together at the YMCA Bournemouth Big Sleep Easy to raise funds to combat homelessness and awareness of the issue. On a night when temperatures reached minus two degrees, fundraisers slept outside at the…



Congratulations to our ‘Going the Extra Mile’ (GEM) Award winners!

A belated congratulations to the three staffmembers who won our ‘Going the Extra Mile’ (GEM) Award for their contributions to the ongoing success of YMCA Bournemouth. The winners were Kerry Smith, the manager of Teddy’s Pre School; Rosie Wingrove, a relief practitioner at the YMCA Bournemouth Child Contact Centre; and Laura Giles, the manager of YMCA Lifewise Gym, Bournemouth and YMCA…



HealthBus drop-in clinic for the homeless, supported by YMCA Bournemouth, receives £50,000 Nationwide Community Grant

This summer, the HealthBus, a healthcare outreach service for rough sleepers operated by Boscombe’s Providence Surgery and supported by YMCA Bournemouth, received significant recognition of the value of its work when it was awarded a grant of £47,993 from the Nationwide Community Grants programme. The money will fund GP costs, insurance, nursing salary, drug/alcohol and…



YMCA celebrates 175 years!

YMCAs across the country celebrated on Thursday 6 June 2019 to mark 175 years since 22 year-old draper George Williams joined 11 friends to organise the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets of London. That…