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WELCOME to Rob’s latest blog and WELCOME to all our new staff, volunteers and board members.

WELCOME to our latest newsletter and WELCOME to all our new staff, volunteers and board members.

Just a few highlights:

  • David Atkin has qualified as a Tutor in Carpentry in the Horizon Project
    – Well done to David  and all who helped to train you so well!
  • Emily Hunt has become a Housing Support Worker in Ryder House – where she will continue her youth work apprenticeship!
    – Well done to Emily  and to V4C & Ryder House for giving you this great opportunity.
  • The Warehouse team are finalists in the Tunbridge Wells Love Where We Live  Award – ethical local business.  Well done!      You are also long-listed for a Santander £50,000 social development award!
  • Henry Smith charity are considering a strong V4C grant application.sayyes2youth_wkymca1.png
  • Our SAY YES! 2Youth campaign has got off to a great start!
    • A Y PARTY by Carol & David Wake
    • A Y PARTY by Dawn & David Grant
    • Olly Payne’s amazing sponsored triathlon  – nearly £1000!
    • Shortlist of 4 for Lloyds Banking Group £3000 grant –  public  voting starts soon – watch for details and well done to Roisin!
    • Some donations made by people using the Pagoda Centre
    • The NCS course sponsored leg wax [not mine!] and cake sale in Tunbridge Wells during Friday 23rd August.

We can look forward to more challenges and even more achievements!

  • Open day and opening of the RYDER HOUSE extension & refurbishment on 10th October.
  •   Our SAY YES! 2YOUTH open evening at TN2 on 24th October.
  •     Rolling out more work on DofE Awards, Juice Bars, U TURN 
  •       Recruiting younger board members – who do you suggest ?

Thank you all for your team work, making a real difference.   I hope you all find some peace, joy, fun and refreshment this summer. 

T H A N K       Y O U  !            Rob

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West Kent YMCA Blog

We can looJB_p1k back on a very challenging 3 months – appalling snow, then rain, some intensive working in every project, developing Juice Bars, a real step change in raising funds and our profile.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Launching “SAY YES! 2 Youth” a 1 year, £25,000 campaign to fund a Safe Space and Youth Opportunities during a packed VIP launch event.
  • imagesCAPN6CMXWe now have two national figures as Patrons – to champion our work. – The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff who chairs Housing Justice; and Sir Jonathan Evans who recently retired as the Head of the Security Service (MI5). They are joined by over 50 Friends of West Kent YMCA including Greg Clark MP, Jan Berry who used to chair the Police Federation, TCHG, AXA-PPP, Lloyds TSB and many others.
  • We are now a directly licensed centre for Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
  • We have several potential trustees with educational and marketing experience and professional advice on legal/property matters.
  • We beat our projected budget achieving a small surplus of £20k about 1.5% of turnover – well done all! [This year is going to be just as challenging but given good team work in every centre and project we can do it again.]

We can look forward to more challenges and even more achievements.

Our new Family FUN Day on Saturday 15th June needs maximum support and publicity . Please get involved in any way you can – don’t leave it to others.

Building ougroupr network of patrons, friends, local contacts and press coverage.

We have another year of funding for U TURN.

Thank you all for your hard work – making a difference – Rob CEO

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