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,…

Incredible night had by all at YMCA Derbyshire’s Ceilidh 2019

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Helen Salloway, Owner of Seven Restaurant and White Hart, hosted YMCA Derbyshire’s 2019 Ceilidh on Friday 4 October, which this year focused on fundraising for our Changing Lives Fund. YMCA Derbyshire’s Training and Education staff, along with our YMCA Key College students and residents, prepared, cooked and served a delicious three-course meal. The starter was either…

Boost for YMCA Derbyshire with donation from Remploy employees

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YMCA Derbyshire has generously been gifted £2000 from employees at Remploy, the UK’s leading employment, skills and disability specialist. The donation has been made by the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust. As part shareholder of Remploy, the Trust is able to distribute some of its share of the company’s profits to mission-related good causes on behalf…

Dance the night away with YMCA and Seven to give young people hope

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Learners at YMCA Key College

YMCA Derbyshire is collaborating with Seven Restaurant to raise £30,000 towards a new training and education centre for young people. Funds from the YMCA’s annual ceilidh dinner dance will go towards developing a centre of excellence. YMCA Key College specialises in educating young people for whom mainstream education may have been unsuitable. All learners are…

Reaching out to Young People in Tanzania

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YMCA Derbyshire have presented a significant donation to Derby Grammar School’s Tanzania Projec,t which helps to improve the lives of children at Gedeli B School in Mwanza. The relationship between YMCA Derbyshire and the school has developed over the years and this year, as well as their annual cake sale to raise funds for the…

5 Questions With… Matt Taylor

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Matt Taylor is the Community Connector at YMCA Derbyshire. 1. Matt, you’ve just started with us as ‘Community Connector’, what does your new role entail please? My role as Community Connector will be connecting with young people (residents, learners and those in the community) and older people to create sustainable inter-generational projects which reduces isolation…