Exeter firm pledges support for city’s young and homeless

Authored by Bethan Spencer
Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 - 7:27am

Exeter based civil engineering firm, Awcock Ward Partnership (AWP), has pledged support for the city’s young and homeless population by entering employees into this year's Great West Run on behalf of YMCA Exeter.

The local Christian organisation, YMCA, is committed to addressing the needs of young homeless people across Exeter and relies of charitable funds to continue its work.

The long-established Great West Run is taking place on Sunday 14th October and will take runners on a spectacular route of the city with views to enjoy of Stoke Woods and the University campus on...

YMCA residents launch crowdfunding campaign ahead of pop-up café

Authored by Bethan Spencer
Posted: Wed, 08/01/2018 - 5:14am

Young residents living at YMCA Exeter have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support their pop-up café initiative this August in Princesshay.

The crowdfunding campaign, which includes incentives Exeter Cookery School, is aiming to raise £6,000 for a one week, pop-up community café on Paris Street.

The new enterprise programme from YMCA Exeter, CONNECT, takes young residents on a six-week course where they can unlock their entrepreneurial potential and build experience for their CVs. They will learn about financial planning, marketing, team building, customer experience...

YMCA Exeter join Exeter City Council in pilot work experience programme

Authored by Bethan Spencer
Posted: Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:36am

Six young residents from YMCA Exeter were invited to spend a time a day at the Civic Centre to pilot a new programme which aims to introduce homeless people into employment at the Council.

The Christian youth charity, who have existed in Exeter since 1846, provide services in Supported Accommodation, Training and Employment, and Health and Wellbeing.

The residents from YMCA Exeter, who have all experienced homelessness, were given a tour of eight different City Council departments including, Environmental Health, Tourism, Economy and Open Spaces.

They were then...

YMCA Exeter raises record amount for young homeless

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 03/16/2018 - 4:15pm

Local people helped to raise over £30,000 for YMCA Exeter at a local fundraising on Saturday 10th March that saw them sleep out for the night in Barnfield Crescent.

More than 40 people took part in the annual Sleep Easy event, helping to raise money but also awareness of the work of the local youth charity. Participants paid an entry fee of £10 and were sleeping on DIY cardboard beds.

It was all part of a national YMCA Sleep Easy Week that saw YMCAs across the country come together over seven days to promote their work with young people.

The money raised was more...

Young entrepreneur sleeps rough for charity

Authored by Jane Blanchard
Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 - 8:01am

Amongst those ‘sleeping rough’ in Exeter to raise money for young homeless people in the city on Saturday night was none other than young entrepreneur Chris Rundle of city-based GK Signs.

Aged 23 and the recent winner of the Western Morning News Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Chris wanted to do his bit for young people not as fortunate as he is. He set a modest target of £500 but more than smashed that with his fund currently running at nearly £1,400 which will benefit the YMCA, Exeter.

Describing his 12 hour ordeal, Chris (pictured above) said it was much tougher even...

YMCA Exeter announce Corporate Partnership with Newton Abbot construction company

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:10pm

Newton Abbot based construction company, Randall Simmonds, have pledged a monthly donation to YMCA Exeter in support of their expanding service provision in the county.

YMCA Exeter provide services in Supported Accommodation, Employment and Health & Wellbeing, for young people who are experiencing homelessness. The local charity, which was founded in 1846, is one of the oldest YMCAs in the world and supports over 1000 young people every year across Exeter, East, Mid and North Devon.

Speaking on behalf of the Newton Abbot based construction company, Phil Lewis from...

Annual Santa abseil for YMCA Exeter returns

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:09pm

YMCA Exeter’s 8th annual Santa Abseil from Princesshay car park returns once again on Saturday 9th December.

Dressed in Santa suits, local people of Exeter, from amateurs to abseiling veterans, will be challenged to take on the 100ft abseil down Princesshay car park to raise funds and awareness for youth homelessness over the festive season.

With the aim for each volunteer to raise £150, these essential funds will help to support those transitioning from vulnerable accommodation into their new home at YMCA Exeter. Every year the charity provide Support Accommodation for...

YMCA Exeter team up with local businesses to help job seekers get work in the city

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:23am

YMCA Exeter Job Club staff and their trained volunteers are teaming together with professionals from agencies and employers, on Wednesday 11th October at Belmont Chapel, for their Big Job Club – a day which helps to connect job seekers with employers and help with everything from CV writing to job applications.

YMCA Exeter has been offering job clubs in the community for the last eight years, but with their Big Lottery Funding coming to a close at the end of the year, the charity wants to encourage more people to make use of their all-age service while it is still available....

Wilkinson Grant continues to support to Exeter’s homeless

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/09/2017 - 8:18am

Leading West Country Independent Estate Agency, Wilkinson Grant & Co, will be supporting YMCA Exeter in several large fundraising initiatives throughout 2017.

This will include the annual Sleep Easy event at Exeter Castle on Saturday 4th March, the extension of an existing campaign to make special donations to the charity and through additional funding support of the charities ‘Changing Rooms, Changing Lives’ campaign.

The estate agency, which has offices in Exeter and Topsham, is entering a team into this year’s Sleep Easy, which will see around 300 people spend a...

YMCA Exeter: Changing Rooms, Changing Lives

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 5:37pm

Businesses from around Exeter came together for an early morning networking breakfast to launch YMCA Exeter’s exciting 2017 campaign, Changing Rooms, Changing Lives.

This will see the renovation of the currently unhomely communal living space at its St David’s Hill accommodation centre, currently used by over 50 young people.

The event took place at Dean Clarke House, kindly hosted by Burrington Estates. Over pastries and coffees attendees heard from Peter Stephenson, Chief Executive of YMCA Exeter and Bethan Spencer, their Fundraising Manager, on exactly what this campaign...