YMCA East Surrey Challengers head for Bruges

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Many of the 40 cyclists who set off from Redhill to Bruges as part of a YMCA Challenge last weekend had been waiting for nearly three years to complete their fundraising trip after it was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ian Burks, Chief Executive of YMCA East Surrey, completed the 160-mile road cycle…

May half-term fun at Yippee, Reigate

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During the recent summer half term break in Reigate, we opened the door to 35 children with disabilities or complex needs each day on our Yippee playscheme and 28 young people with disabilities each day on the Yip4Youth leisure scheme.

YMCA Fun Run 2022

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In a day that celebrated fitness, fellowship and family achievements, the YMCA East Surrey Fun Run returned to Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 1 May. The Adult 5-mile race welcomed 166 runners and was started by Reigate and Banstead’s Mayor, Cllr Jill Bray. Fran Dunham, running for Reigate Priory Athletics Club, was the first to…

YMCA East Surrey opens new Move-On House in Horley

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YMCA East Surrey opened the doors this week to a former guest house in Horley which has been renovated into a 12-bedroom shared property for young homeless people aged 18-30. The house will provide safe and affordable accommodation suitable for those who have some independent living skills and moderate support needs. Funding for the scheme has come from Homes England, Reigate and…

YMCA Fun Run is back!

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After two years when consecutive lockdowns put large community events on hold, the YMCA East Surrey Fun Run is back in Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 1 May 2022. “It is going to feel extra special this May Bank Holiday to welcome everyone – familiar faces and new ones – to Priory Park, put them…

YMCA residents tackle the Viking Coastal Trail

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YMCA East Surrey organised a memorable trip for six young people who have experienced homelessness to explore the historic Viking Coastal Trail in Kent last week. Two nights of free accommodation at The Grange – a Gothic Revival styled house built in the 1840’s – was provided through the Landmark Trust’s ’50 for Free’ programme,…

YMCA Challengers Support Local Young Homeless

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The support for YMCA East Surrey’s 10th Sleep Easy event came from all quarters, with enthusiastic participants sleeping rough overnight, local companies paying to ‘Sponsor a Box’, two Guides groups joining in at another venue and virtual participants swopping their beds for floors or sofas at home. On Friday 11th March, 30 challengers built their…

Youth Club February Half-Term Residential

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This month, thanks to ongoing support from the National Lottery Community Fund, we were able to take 20 young people on a two-night youth residential trip to Lodge Hill outdoor centre in the South Downs. “We invited a mixture of young people from across all of our youth clubs,” says YMCA Youth Worker, Fiona Oldam.

YMCA East Surrey’s 10th Sleep Easy event

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There’s nowhere quite as safe, secure and comforting as your own cosy bed on a cold night. But imagine if that wasn’t an option for you and you had to make the choice between grabbing snatches of sleep on public transport or spending the night on a friend’s floor. YMCA East Surrey’s annual Sleep Easy…

Young Homeless feel the love this Christmas

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YMCA East Surrey’s Housing team understands the importance of getting together at Christmas and sharing gifts and food with others. Thanks to the generosity of the local community, 50 young people who have experienced homelessness were able to enjoy a delicious lunch together on Christmas Eve at YMCA Hillbrook House in Redhill. “People might think…