Community Orchard Project Improves Local Mental Health and Wellbeing

A previously overgrown green space in Wilmorton, Derby, has been given a complete makeover by a team of residents and staff from YMCA Derbyshire, volunteers from Wilmorton Allotment Association and the Big Lottery-funded Fruit-Full Communities project. Not only has the site and community around it benefited from the transformation, but so has the health and…



Free Monthly Meals Bring Community Together

In collaboration with local mental health charity Head High, and corporate and community organisations from across the county, YMCA Derbyshire is offering meals for no charge at its London Road Campus on the last Friday of every month. Launched in October 2017, these Meals offer a rare opportunity for individuals, families, community groups and businesses…



5 Questions With… Caroline Heaton

Caroline is Monitoring and Evaluation Administrator for YMCA Derbyshire and is based at the Campus in Derby.  1. What does your day job involve, Caroline? I provide statistics, information and reports, collate data, and also admin support for various departments. 2. What’s the most interesting thing about working for a charity like the YMCA? Days are…



Sleep Easy 2018 is Launched!

We are excited to announce that YMCA Derbyshire’s 2018 Sleep Easy event is now open for registration! Will you sleep rough so that others don’t have to? This year’s event will take place on Friday 9 March 2018 from 7pm (until 7am the following morning). What is Sleep Easy and where does the money raised…



New Key College Website Goes Live!

We’re proud to announce that we’ve launched a new website for our Training and Education arm, Key College –  Our new website offers us the opportunity to properly showcase our wide range of courses in Childcare, Employability, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering and Retail & Customer Service. Key College specialises in working with…



5 Questions With… Bianca Bancroft

Bianca Bancroft is a Functional Skills Tutor at YMCA Derbyshire and has recently been re-appointed into the role of Youth Ambassador by YMCA England. 1. Bianca, what does a Youth Ambassador do? As a Youth Ambassador, my role is to represent not only YMCA Derbyshire, but YMCA England. I have been given opportunities to travel to…



Talents of Young People Celebrated at Toyota Manufacturing UK Ltd

The achievements of four young people from YMCA Derbyshire have been recognised through a graduation ceremony at Toyota’s Burnaston plant. The students have each completed the pioneering Working Assets Programme (WAP), an initiative funded by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) Charitable Trust, and delivered by the Foyer Federation. The celebration event on…



Shoebox Donations Spread Christmas Cheer

Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents and staff at Derby Grammar School, 123 shoeboxes full of everyday essentials have been handed over to YMCA Derbyshire. The School has been supporting YMCA Derbyshire for several years, and this year went the extra mile through packing each box with an individual hand-written Christmas card. Students covered…



YMCA Derbyshire Walk to Australia!

More than 135 people, in various locations across the globe, participated in an ambitious challenge to ‘walk’ 23,715,000 steps, from YMCA Derbyshire to YMCA Victoria in Australia, in a bid to bring communities together. In just 49 days, the challenge was achieved and Peter Posner, YMCA World President and Chair of YMCA Derbyshire, presented an…



YMCA Cake Baking Supports Children in Tanzania

YMCA Derbyshire residents visited Derby Grammar School today to present then with a cheque for £350 towards their fundraising to support Gedeli B School in Mwanza, Tanzania. Derby Grammar School often support our residents through harvest festival donations and shoe box gifts at Christmas. The SOLID committee here at YMCA wanted to repay this generosity…