YMCA BCG Commemorates Local Black Leader: Rose Lyseight

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In proud memory of the life of Rose Lyseight. In 1953, amidst the backdrop of the recent arrival of Commonwealth citizens from the West Indies from 1948 in and effort to rebuild the United Kingdom following the catastrophic impact of the Second World War, a small group of Pentecostal Christians from the Caribbean held their…

YGym Re-opening 25th July

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We are able to re-open our YGym facilities from Saturday 25th July, we wanted to advise you on how we have prepared so that it is safe and ready for your return. There are also ways in which you can prepare for when you return, so have a read through this bulletin for guidance on…

YMCA Youth Voices

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Dear Friends, During the last few weeks we have witnessed the world rise up in protest against racial inequality, sparked by the murder of George Floyd on 25 May in the United States. For many of us, it has opened old wounds; bringing up feelings of sadness, anger and frustration at the deep racial injustices…

Dal’s Story

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I have been a Supported Lodgings Host for nearly one month and this is my first placement.  It’s an exciting day today as David, the young person who has been living with me, will be introducing me to his girlfriend and he is cooking dinner for us all. Before I had a young person on…

Barbara’s Story

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Barbara has been a Host for nearly 2 years now.  Having raised her own sons, it was a new experience for her having a female young person coming to live in her home.  Here is her story.

Pam’s Story

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Pam has had Ryan living with her for just over 6 months.  During the COVID-19, lockdown, as a household they have used the time to do lots of activities together.

Rose’s Story

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The YMCA places young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  This occasionally includes young people who come to the UK as refugees and asylum seekers.  Rose has had Abubakr, (from Sudan) living with her for 2 years now.  She has provided a caring environment where Abu has been able to grow and flourish.  They get…

Clare and Graham’s Story

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During the COVID-19 lockdown, there have been some lovely accounts from our Supported Lodgings Hosts explaining how through opening up their homes, they have been making the difference in the lives of young people.

Naima’s Story

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Read Naima’s account of how YMCA helped her as a teenager, experiencing family breakdown, and now as a YMCA Supported Lodgings Host.  She is also helping others.