Aug


3

YMCA BCG Commemorates Local Black Leader: Rose Lyseight

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…

Jul


14

YGym Re-opening 25th July

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…

Jun


19

YMCA Youth Voices

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…

Jun


9

Could you help prevent youth homelessness in the midst of COVID-19?

For any teenager, experiencing family breakdown is one of the most challenging life experiences that they could ever face. However, the risk of homelessness for 16-18 year olds leaves them with an even more daunting prospect during the Covid-19 outbreak, as many teenagers are left wondering what will happen and where they will go. Since…

Jun


5

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…

May


4

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response Statement

We realise that this is a time of uncertainty for everyone and want to assure you that we have the welfare of service users, staff, volunteers and community members, as a priority at this very challenging time. What follows are the current arrangements for the different areas of our organisation, based on the latest government advice…

Oct


10

The Glebe Centre receives support from major UK funder

Major UK funder says charities across the West Midlands are innovating to meet high levels of social need   The Garfield Weston Foundation more than doubles its £5m anniversary fund to over £11m to support over 150 charities after overwhelming demand One of the UK’s largest charitable funders says small community charities are rising to…

Oct


20

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.

Oct


20

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…

Sep


8

New YMCA Housing Project in Dudley

YMCA Black Country Group provides supported accommodation in Dudley to assist young people in their journey from homelessness to independent living. Our accommodation is located on Highland Road and works with 16-17 year olds with Children’s Services input, Care Leavers and Young vulnerable people aged up to 24 years.

Jun


2

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…

May


22

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.

May


1

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…

Apr


20

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!

Apr


5

“Work in Progress” research backs Apprenticeships

YMCA Black Country backs new national research that shows apprenticeships boost young people’s career prospects YMCA Black Country Group has spoken out about the positive impacts of apprenticeships as new research is released today that shows four in five young people would recommend them to others and more than three quarters say they have improved…

Feb


22

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night

We are excited to announce that the incredible Francesca Millican-Slater will be giving a writing workshop AND a performance of her 5 star show ‘Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night’ at our Western Gateway site!

Feb


4

Sunny and Shay visit Talent Match

Last week we were delighted to welcome Sunny and Shay of BBC Radio WM to Temple Street. They came to visit the brand new, redeveloped Talent Match Hub, and did their show live from our building! There was an incredible atmosphere as the show was taking place, and Brenda, Sharlie and Phil did a fantastic job…

Jan


14

Open Door’s Intu Host Appreciation Evening

We are very excited to announce that our Open Door project will be holding a Host Appreciation Evening on Friday 28 April at Walsall Council Chambers. The Open Door project supports vulnerable teenagers by placing them with volunteer host families in the community. Operating across the Black Country, it is the largest Supported Lodgings and Nightstop…

Jan


9

A Massive Thank You!

As ever, we are completely bowled over by the generosity of the community around us. We are so grateful for all the donations we receive.

Jan


9

Homeless Sunday 2017

Sunday 22 January is Homeless Sunday.  Homeless Sunday is a way for churches to demonstrate solidarity with people experiencing homelessness in the UK, to challenge the conditions that give rise to high levels of homelessness, and to celebrate the work of the churches and others in tackling homelessness at all levels, particularly locally.

Jan


2

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!

Dec


1

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…

Nov


29

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.

Nov


25

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…

Aug


4

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.

Jul


24

MP drops in to praise YMCA work

We were delighted to recently receive a visit from Emma Reynolds MP (Labour, Wolverhampton North East) who is also the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Emma visited our schemes at Badger Court, Wolverhampton and at Penderford, to see first-hand the work we do and to meet some of the young people…

Jul


2

Busking, baking and record breaking!

YMCA Black Country is today saying a huge ‘Thank you’ to The Empty Can band for their amazing, record breaking, busking in Dudley town centre. A total of £586.14 has been raised, with online donations still coming in!

Mar


16

Sleep Easy 2015

YMCA Black Country Group held another successful Sleep Easy over the weekend (Friday 6th March) with more than 40 local people spending the night sleeping rough at the University of Wolverhampton, to raise money for homeless young people.

Oct


9

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.

Oct


8

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…

Oct


3

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…

Oct


1

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…

Jul


21

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.

May


28

Get on your bike & raise some money for the YMCA!

YMCA Black Country Group will be joining other YMCAs across England in a mass cycle challenge, ‘Tour de Y’ to get more people active and raise vital funds to support local community projects. And they want the entire community to get involved too.

Dec


17

Have you got room at your inn?

Could you extend hospitality to someone in need this winter? YMCA Black Country Group is currently calling out for caring ‘hosts’ across the Black Country who can let a young person stay in their spare room.

Nov


12

Young People Get On Track at YMCA

A number of disadvantaged young people who have been working with the YMCA have been awarded at the Black Country Sports Awards last Friday for completing the ‘Get On Track’ programme.

Nov


7

Stafford Students Harvest Support for Homeless Young People

Students at Stafford Grammar School have donated their Harvest offerings to our residents at the foyer in Rugeley. The school has been donating their Harvest offering to us for almost 10 years and we rely on support of local organisations, such as Stafford Grammar School to help us raise awareness and  break the stigma attached to…

Aug


15

Loving life with the YMCA

YMCA Black Country Group has had a fantastic representation at YMCA Europe Festival in Prague this month. The theme of this year’s festival was “Love to Live”; it is an opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and celebrate their love for life, meeting new people from all walks of life.

Jul


16

Running Rachael’s Coniston Challenge

Rachael Taylor works for YMCA Black Country Group as the Host Co-ordinator for the Open Door Project. Rachael decided to run the Coniston Marathon to raise money for the Open Door Project, to enable the young people and Hosts involved in the project to go for a break on a residential weekend away, to get…

Jul


4

New Arrival for Open Door

YMCA Black Country Group are delighted to announce the first home delivery of a baby within one of the housing projects in its 125 year history.

Jun


10

Celebrating 125 Years!

YMCA Black Country Group has been working in the Black Country since 1888 and would like to invite local people to help them celebrate their 125th birthday!

May


10

Bigger Dreams

Before I got involved with the YMCA, I was living in a foster home; I found living in the intimacy of a family was no longer working for me. It caused many problems in the house and me moving on would be the best for everyone, but living on my own wasn’t an option as…

May


10

What does it feel like to be a Host?

The YMCA’s Nightstop service provides emergency accommodation to homeless young people who need somewhere to stay for a couple of nights until something more permanent is arranged for them. Rachael and Kenny were approved as Emergency Nightstop Hosts for YMCA Black Country Group’s Open Door Scheme late last year and have just had their 4th…

Nov


30

YMCA Community Centre in West Bromwich set for Redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for a landmark building in West Bromwich owned by the YMCA for almost half a century to be completely refurbished and upgraded. The development, which is due to take place on the YMCA’s Carters Green site is awaiting planning consent, which will give the green light to the project.

Aug


13

YMCA Recieves Money to Change Lives

YMCA Black Country Group has received money in order to change people’s health for life, in Sandwell. The funding comes from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme which awards grants to projects that make a difference to the lives of people most in need across England.

Jul


31

Natalie Completes 3 Peaks Challenge for YMCA

Natalie Gilliland, PA to the CEO here at YMCA Black Country Group has just completed the 3 peaks challenge in aid of YMCA Black Country Group. There were plenty of ups and downs and lots of money raised to support our residents. Natalie was kind enough to share her experience with us.

Jul


18

Nursery Built in Quality

Our Day Nursery & Family Centre  in West Bromwich which was opened in September 2011, has been awarded a prestigious design award at the Celebrating Construction Awards 2012 at the ICC in Birmingham.

Dec


16

Outstanding OFSTED Results for YMCA Nursery

A West Bromwich day nursery which only opened its doors in 2007 has received an “Outstanding” Ofsted report for EVERY ELEMENT OF ITS PROVISION, leaving it in the top 10% of all private day nurseries in the country.

Aug


10

YMCA Western Gateway Project Begins!

Phase one of the YMCA Redevelopment will be launched by Councillor Bob Badham on 7th September. The multi-million pound vision for the new YMCA development began this week with the start of building work on phase one – the demolition of a block of 1910’s terraced houses at the rear of their property on Carters…