Mother and son exercising in the park

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

Who we will support

We will support individuals and families living in Wren’s Nest. Access to support and all activities are free of charge, recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in many ways access to online services are also available to those living out of the Wren’s Nest area. Individuals will receive a bespoke package of support and access to activities to enable them to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.

What will be available?

One to one support and advice

Family support and advice

Online and face to face workshops including:

  • Mental Wellbeing Workshops: A series of therapeutic led sessions around anger, stress, anxiety, body image, identity, depression, confidence and self-esteem. Individuals will have the opportunity of guiding these discussions and selecting topics of interest.
  • Pre – employability Learning and skills: Workshops and one-to-one support to upskill and empower individuals to aim to be closer to the labour market by taking active steps towards volunteering/training/employment. Access will be provided to our online learning platform as well as classroom based functional skills classes in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
  • Cook and Eat: A cooking workshop to teach individuals how to cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget, whilst understanding food hygiene and kitchen safety principles. Once the food is cooked all of the individuals involved have time to sit down and socially interact while eating the food they have cooked together.  As part of the sustainability strategy, we aim to upskill volunteers to create a ‘soup kitchen’ and support food banks in the area.
  • Health and Nutrition: Through workshops and one-to-one support around healthy lifestyles and weight management, families will be equipped with the information and knowledge to make sustained healthy choices.
  • Creative Workshops: Examples include Lego therapy, arts and crafts, music, book clubs, drama, crochet and sewing. These workshops will provide access to opportunities families may not otherwise have and link the benefits of participating in positive hobbies to support mental wellbeing and resilience. The activity type will be decided by individuals themselves to ensure they are at the forefront of shaping delivery and making their own decisions.
  • Physical activity: Sessions to offer new opportunities to individuals, improve physical health and explore the relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing. Activities could include boxing, football, multi-sports, yoga, dance, aerobics/Zumba and circuits/bootcamp. Individuals will choose what activities they would like to add to the programme.
  • Money Management/ Household Management: Workshops and one-to-ones will equip individuals to have greater understanding and control of their budgets, offering advice and tailoring information to suit individual households. Workshops will also explore our relationship with money and understanding the link between poor financial resilience/awareness and mental wellbeing. This will support individuals to gain a better understanding of their current mind-set and expectations relating to money and their future goals.

Join us! – if you would like to sign up to the programme please complete the relevant referral form and email to:

Young mother receiving career advice
Community support workers
Children taking part in family exercise session

Interested in becoming a Volunteer?

Volunteers receive an intensive package of training. Volunteers will support the programme completing the delivery of one or more of the following: Facilitating an activity, meeting up with an individual and/or family on a regular basis supporting individuals to tackle everyday challenges and set realistic goals.

YMCA BCG are now recruiting Volunteer Mentors, if you are interested in this role please complete our volunteer application form and return it to