The Wren’s Nest Navigator project funded by the National Lottery Reaching Communities fund provides targeted interventions with individuals and families within Wren’s Nest in Dudley. Our volunteer led project combines of buddying, mentoring, face to face and online activities and support, all session activity is co-produced with individuals and local partners. Volunteers are provided with a robust training and support package and supported by highly skilled staff.


Our project relies on volunteers to support the day-to-day running of our programme of free activities. The typical duties of a volunteer include: greeting young people and families to the session, offering drinks and refreshments, support with running activities and getting involved to build confidence and relationships with the young people.

Volunteers receive training on safeguarding, mentoring, communication etc to make sure they can do their job with confidence, whilst also being support by YMCA staff. There is also opportunity for additional training which can be requested by volunteers to help them improve the activities on offer, such as food hygiene or football refereeing.

YMCA are now recruiting Volunteer Mentors and Activity Assistants, for more information please register your interest and our team will contact you with more details.


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Our project works closely with residents of the Wren’s Nest Community in Dudley. We consult with residents to find out what support they need and develop sessions with them to help them thrive. This can include:

  • Mental Wellbeing Workshops and Counselling
  • Jobs Club and Digital Skills Training
  • Cook and Eat Workshops
  • Creative wellbeing sessions
  • Physical activity and sports
  • Playgroups
  • Fun days out to local attractions
  • One-to-one support

Find out about our current activities

Professionals & Partners

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As part of our project we work in partnership with local organisations to develop our service offer.

If you’re interested in working with, please contact our team on or call 07706 330008

Our Current Activities