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Yippee playscheme has been a huge benefit to Ben and Luke, as well as their parents.

“Yippee was heaven-sent. It feels like one big family and the staff know the boys so well now.”…

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Sarah loves the activities available at Yip4Youth.

“We know Sarah is safe and happy and taking part in the kind of activities which other children take for granted.”…

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Michael talks about his experiences of our One to One Youth mentoring.

“One to One gave me a purpose for getting up in the morning. I’m now back at school because I can see a reason for education”…

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Charlie enjoys a range of inclusive youth activities including sport and healthy living workshops.

“I would miss trying new things, learning how to be independent and making new friends if I couldn’t come here.”…

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Jake describes how YMCA Hillbrook House helped to live independently.

“I had to make a plan and figure out what to do with my life.”…

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Clifford explains how our Exercise Referral classes have helped him.

“It isn’t only the exercise that has done wonders. The exchange of information with other members is priceless.”…

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Matthew talks about his love of playing the paralympic sport of Boccia with YMCA.

“Boccia has improved my fitness and I feel more self-confident.”…

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Antony rode to Paris from Redhill in just one day, showing that having one leg doesn’t hold him back.

“I tell people that you can achieve anything in life, but you’ve got to want it.”…

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Trevor lost 10.5 stone through YMCA’s Healthy Measures weight management programme.

“My life feels so different now. I would urge anyone in the same position as I was to look for help with people who really understand.”…

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Randolph talks about how the Stroke Rehabilitation class is so important to him.

“Without it I would have lost my independence and my identity. I’d be isolated and depressed. Instead I feel very grateful, optimistic and full of hope.”…

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Leyla’s carers describe how much Leyla loves coming Yippee playscheme.

“Leyla may have very specific care needs but she deserves to be around people who want to be her friend.”…

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Henry’s mum, Chrissy, talks about how she discovered YMCA’s short breaks for children with disabilities.

“We count ourselves very lucky to have access to a disability friendly organisation with such a wide range of services.”…

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Sam talks about what he gets out of volunteering.

“Volunteering has given me confidence, keeps me active, gets me out of the house and has added to my CV.”…

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Alisha explains how YMCA’s Youth Workers have helped to build her resilience.

“The YMCA Youth Workers stop parents worrying about their children because they know where they are and they know that they are keeping out of trouble.”…

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Heads Together counsellors provide a vital service to young people with mental health issues.

“Towards the end of the counselling Daisy felt she was finally free of depression.”…

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Hillbrook House resident, Aaron, talks about the support he has received.

“I lost my part-time job and felt extremely stressed. Securing a place at Hillbrook House has turned my life around.”…

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Reception volunteer, Trevor, describes how the YMCA has improved his recovery after an accident.

“It’s given me a purpose. I enjoy mixing with people. Some are better off than me and some maybe worse.”…

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Loo Loo talks about her first YMCA Challenge Event

“I took a break from a busy full-time job and from being a mum – I was just me. The experience has changed my life, as well as those of others.”…

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YMCA East Surrey’s first male Face2Face befriender, Gareth, talks his family’s experiences with their son’s autism diagnosis

“Before we had Owen, disability seemed like something which happened to other families,” says father of three, Gareth Crossman. “We knew at 18 months that Owen wasn’t progressing in the same way as his brothers and the diagnosis of Autism was made very early on.”…

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Karen Bayat talks about her outreach role supporting parents in and around Banstead

For Karen Bayat, YMCA Children’s Outreach Support Worker, there is no such thing as a typical day. “I offer support and advice on parenting, local activities and services through home visits and groups,” explains Karen…

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Paul talks about his involvement in social activities for young people with disabilities

19 year old Paul loves the variety of activities on offer through the Friday Night Project. “I love going swimming. And we did a talent show – ‘YMCA’s Got Talent’! I did a dance,” he says with an enormous smile…

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Sacha Kaufman, Detached Youth Worker, talks about the realities of detached youth work

“Detached youth work is all about interacting with young people on their turf and on their terms,” explains Sacha Kaufman, one of the YMCA’s Detached Youth Workers. “We want to support young people from becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) by encouraging them to develop their own skills, self-confidence and a positive attitude.”…

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Alex talks about how he became homeless and came to live at YMCA Hillbrook House

Alex is brutally honest about his reasons for becoming homeless. “I don’t blame my mum for saying I couldn’t carry on living at home,” he admits. “My behaviour after leaving school was completely unacceptable and antisocial…

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John talks about how exercise referral classes changed his life

John knows that he owes a huge amount to the YMCA’s Exercise Referral programme. “I have had two major operations in the past four years and suffer badly with COPD,” he says, “Without the support given to me through the Cardiac Rehab and Breathe Easy classes I would be in far worse shape than I am today.”…

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