New Street League to launch in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:02pm

An innovative new street league will be launched across Devon and Cornwall aimed at the growing urban sport scene.

Street Series South West will feature skateboarding, scootering and freestyle BMX events at facilities across the region next year. The series will begin at Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro on 4 January and include events in Saltash’s Junkyard Skatepark, Prime Skatepark in Plymouth and the Lodge Indoor Skatepark in Newton Abbot for young people aged 5 to 21. The events will bring together the thriving street sports community in a grand prix-style series for the first...

Fundraising dinner raises £7,500 to combat homelessness across Exeter

Authored by Bethan Spencer
Posted: Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:58am

On Friday 12th October YMCA Exeter held its third annual fundraising dinner at Woodbury Park Hotel with guests including The High Sheriff of Devon, Mrs Grania Philips, and Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer.

The Black Tie event was attended by 160 people and through ticket sales, a silent auction and individual pledges, and so far YMCA Exeter have raised £7,500 with donations still being made.

The youth charity has existed in Exeter since 1846 and is known for working with, and championing young people, many of whom experience homelessness,...

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 Exeter collaborate with the University of Exeter to record music album

Authored by Bethan Spencer
Posted: Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:37pm

Residents and volunteers at YMCA Exeter are delighted to announce that a recording of their EP album “Blessing” is now available online to download from Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Google Play and iTunes.

The EP album is the result of a joint project called ‘Making Invisible People Visible’, between YMCA Exeter and Professor Paul Cloke at The University of Exeter. The album took YMCA Exeter residents’ on an emotional journey through song-writing, creativity and public performance, giving them the opportunity to make their voices heard.

The music programme at YMCA Exeter seeks...

Independence secures future for Devon’s Youth Service

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:13am

Devon’s youth services will be run by a new and independent organisation from 1 February.

DYS Space Ltd, a not- for profit Public Sector Mutual established with the support of Devon County Council, has been appointed to run the county’s youth services for the next three years following a major review of the service, widespread public consultation and a robust procurement process.

The move will see Devon, which is one of only a few local authorities still to provide a universal youth service, invest more than £5m to ensure professional community-based services for young...

A Community-Involved Photographic Exhibition

Event Date: 
18/02/2017 - 4:00pm
Heavitree Pleasure Grounds

A group of dedicated young people, the Macula Collective, have been out in all weathers, all through the winter capturing images of Heavitree Pleasure Grounds - IN THE DARK! This project was commissioned by the people of Heavitree themselves as part of the Heavitree Squilometre project and we're pleased present the results of this youth-focused work in a pop-up Exhibition in Heavitree Park.

The Exhibition will also include images from other memory and reminiscence work from other members of the Heavitree Community who were keen to share what the Park means to them.


M&S and YMCA to spark something good for Exeter

Event Date: 
08/09/2016 - 10:00am

M&S and The Exeter YMCA are calling on local people to roll up their sleeves and Spark Something Good in a week of volunteering that will positively impact 24 projects at the heart of the community in Exeter and Plymouth.

On Thursday 8 September, we are calling on volunteers to help us host Devon’s Big Cream Tea for the local community. Through this event, we aim to spread the word about the fantastic work of YMCAs nationwide and the work that we do for young people to help them to achieve their goals.

Along with advice and support, the YMCA provides supported...

Social enterprise focus for Devon Youth Service future

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:23am

Social enterprises and organisations pursuing a public service mission are being invited to put forward their plan for the future running of Devon’s youth services.

Devon County Council approved proposals to divest the service to an independent organisation, such as an employee-led public service mutual or other social enterprise in October last year, and is now welcoming bids from those who want to deliver the service on their behalf from 1 February 2017.

Cllr Barry Parsons, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the youth service says the move is...

Success for Exeter City Swimming Club in regional champs

Authored by Louis Joyce
Posted: Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:05pm

Exeter City Swimming Club had a hugely successful South West Regional event this year with more of its swimmers than ever achieving the qualifying times required to enter. In total 43 swimmers qualified with 39 swimmers taking part in 182 individual races, with 47 finals being swum and a total of 20 medals achieved. All those that took part either beat their entry times or confirmed personal best times which is excellent given the hard racing they had taken part in recently.

In the Youth event which attracts swimmers of 15 years and older, Exeter had gold medals from Dominic...

Stagecoach extends discount for young people

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 7:22am

Young people across the UK will to continue to benefit from lower bus fares after Stagecoach extended a national offer.

Following the successful introduction of a £2 Dayrider ticket for under 19s, the offer has been extended for a further six weeks to allow young people to benefit over the Easter period. More than 300,000 tickets offering unlimited travel within local regions were sold across the country during February.

The special tickets offer substantial discounts when compared to current Dayrider ticket prices and build on the existing offers Stagecoach South West has...