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Shaun’s mum Susan talks about how Yippee, our short breaks playscheme, has helped him gain confidence.

“He likes the environment and he feels safe and secure.”…

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Shakeerah was unable to attend centre-based under 5’s activities, so our outreach team ensured she enjoyed these at home.

“Before we had the support of the YMCA Outreach team, Shakeerah was missing out through no fault of her own.”…

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Joe’s mum explains what skills Joe has learnt from our LifeWorks Inclusive Activities.

“I look at all the things that his brother and sister have been able to do and I know Joe isn’t missing out at all.”…

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Heads Together is one of Surrey’s leading providers of counselling support for young people.

“Heads Together helped me to understand the root of my problems.”…

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Raife talks about how WAVES gave her a place to turn to when she felt down.

“It starts to get better when you know you’re not alone.”…

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Jake has turned his life around with help from YMCA Hillbrook House staff.

“I realised that if I worked with the YMCA staff, they would be able to help me.”…

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Angela has made a huge change since coming to our Exercise Referral classes.

“She certainly isn’t the same frail, fragile lady who approached me on her first visit.”…

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Peter took on a huge challenge in 2017 when he signed up to cycle from Redhill to Paris on a handcycle.

“I thought it was time to challenge myself and I wanted to fundraise for the new Inclusive Sports Facility.”…

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Yippee playscheme has been a huge benefit to Daniel and James, 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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