YMCA World Challenge 2020

What? The Global Photo Challenge takes place on our Birthday, 6th June 2020, and is part of the World Challenge activities. It’s a chance for you to show off your favourite YMCA merchandise, have fun, challenge friends and see the diversity within the YMCA. Here’s the schedule for the day How? All you need is…



New build, New Blessing – YMCA to host a Christian service of dedication

YMCA Black Country Group is hosting a blessing and Christian dedication service, to be conducted by the Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave at their new development site, ‘Cleveland Road’ (Wolverhampton) on Friday 28th June 2019. The youth charity, which runs a variety of community services including accommodation, health and wellbeing, education and childcare provisions, will…



UNIFY Highlights Europe Youth Leadership

This Summer I had the opportunity to attend the Youth Unify leadership camp in Romania. It was at the camp I had the opportunity to meet with other young leaders and delegates from across YMCA in Europe.



Greets Green Day Nursery Raise Funds for Glebe Centre

After raising money for The Glebe Centre at their family fun day the team at YMCA Greets Green Day Nursery had an opportunity to donate all the items they managed to buy for the people who benefit from the Glebe’s support. Staff and Volunteers at the Glebe Centre ensure that everyone they come into contact…



YMCA Glebe Centre Receives Royal Honours

The outstanding efforts and tireless dedication of volunteers working at a homeless centre run by YMCA Black Country, has been honoured with the UK’s highest award for volunteering. The Glebe Centre in Walsall, which provides vital lifeline services to rough sleepers in the area, as well as support for people with drug and alcohol addictions…



Greets Green 10th Anniversary Open Day

Greets Green Day Care is celebrating 10 years of service this year, and to mark the occasion, they are holding an Anniversary Open Day, which will be chock full of fun things to see and do.



Open Door Host Appreciation Awards 2017

Friday 28th April saw more than 45 Hosts from our Open Door Project attend Walsall Council Chambers to be presented with awards to say thank you for their hard work and dedication to the young people they have taken into their homes. The Mayor of Walsall presented the Hosts with their awards after project workers…



Why Volunteer? The Glebe Centre

The Glebe Centre, Walsall is an incredible provision for the homeless community and supports people with issues around substance misuse, homelessness, mental health and unemployment. It is run by Jane and a tireless team of volunteers. We caught up with Karen, one of the Glebe’s amazing volunteers!



Welcome to Jam-Jaruary!

Happy New Year! We’re jumping head first into 2017 with our very first fundraiser of the year – and it’s super simple for everyone to join in with. All you need is an empty jar – so don’t throw away your empty cranberry sauce jar once the turkey has run out!



More than 250,000 homeless in England

A damning report compiled by Shelter has revealed that there are more than a quarter of a million people in England are homeless. Using data from four sets of official 2016 statistics, Shelter has compiled what they have described as a “conservative” total, adjusting down to account for any overlaps between the groups, and not…



YMCA Nurseries Celebrated!

On 24 November, hundreds of Sandwell childcare professionals attended a special presentation evening at WS10 Conference Centre, Wednesbury, to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and high level of childcare in the borough.



Western Gateway officially opened

This week, YMCA Black Country were delighted to welcome Celebrity TV presenter Adrian Chiles and the Bishop of Wolverhampton, The Right Revd Clive Gregory, who joined forces to officially open the new Western Gateway building in Carters Green, West Bromwich. The £9.5m YMCA facility is now a commanding presence at the western entrance of West…



40 years serving vulnerable adults in Walsall

The Glebe Centre in Walsall recently celebrated 40 years serving the local community. Monika Plaha from Big Centre TV talked with Steve Clay, Chief Executive of YMCA Black Country Group about their 40 year anniversary. View the video here.



Urgent need for Hosts in Walsall

YMCA Black Country Group are now half way through their campaign to recruit “25 Hosts in 25 Weeks” in order to meet the growing demand for accommodation in Walsall, but are still looking for more people to come forward in the run up to Christmas.



Western Gateway – YMCA’s biggest investment in 126 years!

YMCA Black Country Group announced today our largest investment in the Black Country in recent history with the launch of phases 2 & 3 of the YMCA Western Gateway development in West Bromwich. The project represents an overall investment of around £9.5M on our Carters Green site and will be an iconic landmark, located on the western approach…



Vote for Local Young Star to win National YMCA Award

Local young hero Zubairi Sentongo from YMCA Black Country Group has been shortlisted to receive the Young Achiever of the Year Award in this year’s prestigious YMCA Youth Matters Awards. Residents are now being encouraged to get behind Zubairi, 19, and help him reach the final stage of the judging process in an exciting online…



YMCA Acts to Save Homeless Service

The YMCA announced today that it is to save the Young People’s Homeless Service provided by a local Walsall charity from closure.The STREAMS project which provides 21 flats of supported accommodation in North Walsall, run by local charity First Base Walsall was due to close on 30th September following the removal of Supporting People grant…



Such Great Heights

Two of our Housing Key Workers took to great heights on Sunday 20th July to raise money for YMCA Black Country Group. The pair volunteered to hurl themselves off a 138 foot crane (whilst attached to a bungee rope) raising over £100 between them.