Jun


17

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

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…

May


10

Reaching out to Young People in Tanzania

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…

Apr


12

5 Questions With… Matt Taylor

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…

Mar


13

172 Sleep Rough So Others Don’t Have To

On Friday 8 March, 172 individuals from businesses and community groups across Derbyshire slept outside at Pattonair County Cricket Ground as part of YMCA Derbyshire’s Sleep Easy. So far, more than £48,000 has been raised for the YMCA Derbyshire ‘Changing Lives’ programme, which will see new units opened for young people at risk of homelessness,…

Mar


13

Derby Grammar School Pupils Visit YMCA Derbyshire

Derby Grammar School pupils have spent a morning with YMCA Derbyshire staff and residents learning about homelessness. They were also honoured to plant two shrubs to mark the longstanding partnership between YMCA Derbyshire and the School. Derby Grammar School’s Year 8 pupils are focusing on homelessness and raising awareness of the issues around sleeping rough…

Jan


17

Elliot Mather LLP Confirms YMCA Derbyshire as Charity of Choice

YMCA Derbyshire is thrilled to announce that it has been chosen as Elliot Mather LLP’s Charity of the Year for 2019. Staff at the solicitors practice based on Friar Gate in Derby were inspired to support the charity, which works to empower young people across the city and county, after attending a Marketing Derby breakfast…

Jan


17

Local Young People Secure Employment through Toyota Programme

Following completion of a 24-week structured work preparation programme at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Burnaston HQ, four young people supported through YMCA Derbyshire have positively transformed their lives. With an unprecedented 100% attendance rate, the students have each successfully completed the innovative Working Assets Programme (WAP). The initiative is funded Toyota, YMCA Derbyshire and the Society of…

Jan


15

Sleep Easy 2019 – Will you accept the challenge?

Sleep rough so others don’t have to… We raised a staggering £40,000 at Sleep Easy 2018. This money has been instrumental in enabling YMCA Derbyshire to change lives. Please join us for Sleep Easy 2019 so that we can continue changing lives! Join us as Sleep Easy returns for a ninth year to raise awareness…

Dec


18

Garden Transformation Benefits Derby Nursery Children

YMCA Derbyshire, in collaboration with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, has completed a dramatic makeover of an outdoor space at Harrington Nursery School in Pear Tree, Derby. The new gardens were officially opened on 13 December, with school children singing Christmas songs to accompany.  The ‘Harrington Heartlands’ project, has taken 18 months from conception to completion. More…

Dec


11

5 Questions With… Brett Sentance

Brett Sentance is Development Manager – iMatter at YMCA Derbyshire. 1. So, a key part of your job is iMatter. What is this? It’s an asset and skills based portfolio, encouraging young people to think about their strengths and where they want to go next. Its part of advantage thinking – seeing young people as…