A warm welcome to our Director of Lifelong Learning

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Team YMCA Derbyshire is very excited to have appointed an experienced education specialist to our newly-introduced Director of Lifelong Learning role. Louise Curd, who has previously worked as Director of Programmes at Learn by Design and Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Derby College, will be joining us in early June. The position has been…

Virtual Sleep Easy raises £27,011 in aid of youth homelessness

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Local businesses and individuals in Derby have helped to raise an incredible £27,011 for YMCA Derbyshire by taking part in a mammoth virtual Sleep Easy event on Friday March 26 2021. Vital funds from the event will go towards health and wellbeing support for the young people the charity serves. More than 50 local people…

High Sheriff of Derbyshire’s virtual legal service will raise vital funds to support local homeless young people

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High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Tony Walker, is raising funds for YMCA Derbyshire during his virtual legal service this month. Tony named YMCA Derbyshire as one of his chosen charities for his year in office. Due to the current climate, planned fundraising events for YMCA were unfortunately cancelled, but this has not stopped Tony from doing…

Adventure centre refuge for rough sleepers in Derbyshire

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Individuals who would otherwise be sleeping rough are being given refuge from the cold and Covid-19 at a countryside adventure centre after multiple agencies have collaborated. Mount Cook, near Matlock, is usually open for young people and groups to take part in activities designed to broaden horizons and develop key skills. Because of the pandemic,…

Young people in Derby given opportunity to gain practical work experience with Morrisons Flowerworld

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YMCA Key College, the educational arm of YMCA Derbyshire, has launched a partnership with Morrisons Flowerworld to help students get into work despite the Covid-19 emergency. Flowerworld, based in Sinfin, employs 460 people on each shift and produces 400,000 bouquets every week. Its Employability Academy has been developing a strategy with specific concentration on the recruitment…

YMCA Derbyshire supports over 1,000 members of the Derbyshire community in COVID-19 response

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YMCA Derbyshire has supported over 1,000 members of the Derbyshire community since Covid-19 emergency lockdown was announced in March this year. Residents of the YMCA, families and the elderly have benefited from donations of food parcels, home-cooked dinners, crisis bags and general items such as toiletries and virtual community meals. The charity has seen a…

Working with the Derbyshire community

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Before lockdown, our community hubs at YMCA Derbyshire were growing healthily with multiple community meals organised every month. We are thrilled to look back and see how our relationships have blossomed with the community. Of course, when lockdown was announced, we had to ensure we were putting our staff and supporters’ safety as a top…

YMCA Derbyshire opens new accommodation in Heanor

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YMCA Derbyshire has opened 15 new units of accommodation on Ray Street in Heanor, Derbyshire. The housing team will be supporting people who find themselves homeless in the area to get back on their feet and gain independence. Aimed at 18-35 year old’s, these self-contained flats provide short-term accommodation with support from our Housing Navigators,…