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Fun Run Time with YMCA East Surrey

Date: May 1, 2017

Heroic fundraising and huge community support marked the 18th annual YMCA East Surrey Fun Run on Bank Holiday Sunday.

More than 1,600 local people turned out for the event in Reigate’s Priory Park. Among them was Henry McDougall, his brother Teddy and their friend Riley Neath. Henry, 14, who is autistic and has severe learning disabilities, has accessed the YMCA’s children’s services since 2012 and now attends their Yip4Youth scheme for young people with disabilities and complex needs. It was the third year running that the boys have taken part in the Fun Run and they raised £391.00 towards the charity’s new Inclusive Sports Facility.

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Easter at the YMCA Sovereign Centre

Date: April 20, 2017

Our Yippee and Yip4Youth holiday schemes, based at the YMCA Sovereign Centre in Slipshatch Road, Reigate, had a packed schedule of Easter activities.

We provided specialist one to one care for 40% of the children and young people with disabilities who attended and were ably supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteer playworkers. The holiday schemes took place over 9 days, with 6 hours of Easter themed activities and outings into the community per day.

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Green fingers make happy hands!

Date: April 19, 2017

‘Don’t Lose the Plot’ is YMCA East Surrey’s horticultural project working with young people who have additional needs aged between 14-20 in the local area.

We have an allotment in Redhill where we grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, teaching young people about the health benefits of growing your own. We also work with Reigate and Banstead council, gardening in local parks and assisting on allotment clearings.

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YMCA WAVES Members Take Part in Parliamentary Debate

Date: March 14, 2017

Five young people from YMCA East Surrey’s WAVES group had the experience of a lifetime in Westminster recently when they were invited to take part in an all-party Parliamentary group on Youth Affairs.

Chloe Cooper (13), Raife Eskisan (13), Elle Wastell (13), Sofia Yermo (13) and Phoebe Jenkins (14), all students at Reigate School, travelled by train to London on 30 April with YMCA Inclusive Youth Projects Worker, Ella Sowton.

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BBC Surrey Radio visit YMCA’s inclusive activities for young people ahead of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day

Date: March 9, 2017

As part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day appeal, BBC Surrey Radio came down to see our inclusive sports activities for young people with disabilities. Without the support of Comic Relief and other funders, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the range of activities that we offer. Check out the video below and please like and share to help us spread the word about our activities for young people with disabilities.

Watch the video on Facebook here