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YMCA: Helping Young People Build A Future

Welcome

TEXT Welcome letter & information on Cheltenham YMCA & the history of it. Written by Karen Westlake


YMCA: Helping Young People Build A Future

Sports & Activities

TEXT Information on the sport side of the YMCA, sport centres and activities available

TEXT Information on the sport side of the YMCA, sport centres and activities available


YMCA: Helping Young People Build A Future

Street Live: Sports Cage

TEXT Information on the portable sports cage and how they get involved in the community

TEXT Information on the portable sports cage and how they get involved in the community


YMCA: Helping Young People Build A Future

Trevor Rawlinson Trevor was given the opportunity to undergo a university course in youth work and a placement at the Cheltenham YMCA. After a meeting at the YMCA with David, the CEO, he was given a choice. He would have to make the decision within a week because the course was already a month in. At this point he was unsure. “I was just like, I just want to try it…I always felt that uni wasn’t for me and I felt a bit nervous on that respect.” In the end he decided to leave the film studio where he was working in an administritive role. He began the university course in youth work which required doing a placement alongside his studies. His placement was of course at the YMCA and he was given a youth support role. This is how his career at Cheltenham YMCA began. “I got involved with the YMCA through word of mouth and people saying you should try this.” While on this placement, he thought that it was important to setup social events for them to participate in such as film nights and eating together. His belief was that there needed to be someone there for the

young people that they could open up to, who were more like a friend rather than a member of staff who would talk to them about paying rent. Bridges needed to be built with the different generations. “It is really rewarding and I think we built some great relationships with some great people. It’s at that level that you can relate to them in a different way to what the people in housing can.” The YMCA has given Trevor a great deal of support and a pleasant working environment where he has had the freedom to make decisions, which is rare in many jobs today. The staff also believed in him and he felt that they really wanted him to succeed. They go out of their way to help both him and the residents. Being in a supportive environment is vital for young people to ensure that they grow in confidence and as an individual. On finishing university, he began looking for work and he was offered a 30-hour contract where he is spread between both YMCA Sports Centres and Vittoria Walk where Cheltenham YMCA is located. “I just can’t get over how accommodating they’ve been for me.”


Leonie Parce-Kear (Former Resident) After having several difficulties with her mother, Leonie moved into the YMCA at a young age. Their relationship was under a lot of strain and she felt that the only way to improve this was to move out. Needless to say, their relationship has vastly improved and now they have a strong relationship as mother and daughter. Leonie currently works at the 21 Club as well as in the reception at Cheltenham YMCA. At the moment her role is part time, but she is enjoying the job. Being a previous resident, she liked how everything ran and the support that was available. For that reason, Leonie wanted to work at Cheltenham YMCA once she had moved out. “It’s quite laid back.” Working in reception involves a lot of contact with the housing team, which involves a lot of communication. As Leonie is 19, she is a young person herself and is able to connect with the young people on a different level to what the housing team can. Being both a previous resident and now an employee, she has found that it has improved her communication skills greatly. She has also gained a lot of independence

and has gone from completely relying on her mother, to being completely independent. She now lives happily on her own. When Leonie first came to the YMCA, she was put into a basic room and then moved into one of the bedsits, which had a fully functional kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. “The YMCA is a stepping stone to becoming completely independent.” During her time she received a lot of encouragement to carry on with her studies and to find work. She also passed her driving test while at the YMCA and got herself a car. Since entering the YMCA to working at the establishment, Leonie’s situation has improved greatly and this is a success story to inspire. It is through the generosity and the passion of the public and staff, which keeps the YMCA running. Without this, it would cease to exist and many young people would be left homeless and lacking the support that they so desperately need.


YMCA: Helping Young People Build A Future

Sleep Easy

Sleep Rough So Others Don’t Have To


TEXT Information on Sleep Easy fundraising event and how to get involved

TEXT Information on Sleep Easy fundraising event and how to get involved


YMCA: Helping Young People Build A Future

Redevelopment

TEXT Information on the redvelopment of the YMCA.

TEXT Information on the redvelopment of the YMCA.


How You Can Help The YMCA relies on the generosity of volunteers and donations which enables us to keep all the facilities and activities running for the local community. Any donations will assist us greatly in providing young people with a safe place to stay and a solid foundation on which to build a new life. If you would like to volunteer, make a donation or help in other ways, then please visit our online ‘Volunteers’ and ‘Donations’ section. www.cheltenhamymca.com

6 Vittoria Walk Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1TP Call our Reception Team on: 01242 524 024 (uk) +44 1242 524 024 (International) E-MAIL: info@cheltenhamymca.com



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