A very happy Christmas to all our clients – trainees, residents, youth club members, our 1000’s of followers [facebook, twitter, linkedin and blog], 100s of supporters, volunteers, trustees and staff and many other partner agencies.
—— >>> Please join us TODAY at one of the amazing Carol Concerts, being held in the stunning Chapel at Tonbridge School at 3 pm and 7.30 pm. For more details and press release see www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/CAROLS free parking, tickets on the door £6, £8.
STILL LOOKING for last minute presents or cards? Our YMCA shops have a wide range of furniture from practical to unusual, white goods, beds, clothes, our charity cards and even bags of kindling to keep the home fires burning http://www.westkentymca.org.uk/projects/furniture-warehouse/fw/
Looking back over 2013, there have been many challenges, difficulties and some real distress…. But this year has also been full of achievements, positive outcomes and real progress for many people, projects and the whole charity.
We have enjoyed many visits – including:
- Greg Clark MP become our first Friend of West Kent YMCA
- Sir Jonathan Evans, KCB who became our first Patron, a few days after stepping down as Head of MI5
- The Rt Revd James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, became our second Patron bringing his housing expertise and interest to bear.
- The High Sheriff of Kent – Lord and Lady Colgrain.
- HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE opened Ryder House extension and refurbishment.
Many local people came to our family fun day, our supporters coffee and cake event, local consultation events or our SAY YES 2 YOUTH celebration.
Many young people have progressed in their lives – showcased by inspiring case histories in our Trustees Annual Report – released today
We have been honoured by many nominations and awards – for ethical business, volunteer of the year, apprentice of the year and recently were named as the London Learning Consortium’s Employer of the Year.
We are delighted to be part of
- YMCA England Video Project – See the video here which includes several clips from West Kent YMCA
- Two Worlds project – http://www.fromservicetocivvystreet.org.uk/
- the Global YMCA Movement – and you may want to make a donation to the Philippines disaster relief work by Y CARE International – see http://www.ycareinternational.org/ It could be the best gift you can give to that person who has enough socks and hankies?
- Time To Change
We hope you will journey with us in 2014 as we face many more challenges:
- Please support our SAY YES 2 YOUTH campaign by text or online or post us a cheque and giftaid form
- TEXT YMCA75 £5 to 70070
- Help us recruit staff and volunteers – see details on our website www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk
West Kent YMCA | Helping Young People Build Their Future | Charity No 803529 |