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Vote 4 us – help us win £3000 from Lloyds Bank Community Fund
Apprentice Fundraiser Roisin Donovan writes “I asked Lloyds Bank if they could support our SAY YES 2 YOUTH campaign – as we need to fund immediate counselling for vulnerable young people in a crisis and to engage young people in challenging activities that build confidence and self-esteem”. Local Lloyds Bank managers and staff were quick to select West Kent YMCA as one of their chosen charities.
Please show your support for West Kent YMCA, our SAY YES 2 YOUTH campaign and our vital life-changing work in our local community by voting in ALL three ways.
- online at www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund search for YMCA, select West Kent YMCA,
- and in person in Tunbridge Wells / Southborough branches of Lloyds Bank,
- and by texting VOTE MJXB to 61119 (standard text cost only)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Are you a disabled/wounded/injured veteran, or are you working with veterans?
West Kent YMCA are looking to recruit anyone – ideally with some carpentry / construction experience – who has served in HM Forces but has suffered sickness [including emotional / mental health / PTSD] or injury or disability.
This is a NEW one year post – thanks to funding by our friends at the Poppy Factory. So far all those who have come to us via this scheme are still part of the winning staff team at West Kent YMCA, working in the HORIZON Project
Interested or know anyone who might be?
Just send your/their contact details to JOBS@WestKentYMCA.org.uk or text PFM to 07941 388 852
PLEASE SHARE this with your contacts, Many thanks
Please check out our revised update on our proposed joint development at the Friends Meeting House, Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells – behind the Job Centre. We plan to develop ten move on flats for young people [who successfully completed up to 2 years support and training as good tenants at Ryder House] and to improve the Friends (West Kent Quakers) meeting space.
During our consultation events in June/July we found some common themes and some diversity in your many comments. [Some views relate to existing issues in the area, rather than this development per se.] We used the summer to collate and review ALL comments, update the design and refine our planning application.
UPDATED TIMELINE & EVENTS
Wed 9th October – We meet TWBC Planners – pre-planning consultation – before we submit a planning application.
Thu 10th October – 2.30 – 4 pm – Come and join us for the West Kent YMCA open day at Ryder House, 1-23 Belgrave Road, TN1 2BP. Development plans will also be on display in Ryder House that afternoon.
Wed 16th October – 7.30 for 8 pm – Come to a public meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells – behind the Job Centre. From 7.30 pm – refreshments and view the latest plans. At 8 pm – we will talk about needs for move on housing, our plans, a summary of local views and then take questions on our proposals from local residents and anyone else who wishes to attend. Book in on 07941388852 or email move.on@WestKentYMCA.org.uk or just turn up.
Thu 28th October 6 – 7.30 pm – Come and join us for our SAY YES 2 YOUTH celebration and open evening at TN2 Community Centre, Sherwood, TN2 3LZ.
For more information phone or text Rob on 07941 388 852 or email move.on@WestKentYMCA.org.uk
Thanks to Quaker Housing Trust www.QHT.org.uk “Our emphasis is on the provision of homes– not just housing” who have grant funded the work required to get our proposals to planning consent | Architects – Churchill Hui www.churchill-hui.com
West Kent YMCA employs several apprentices across the organisation, including 5 undertaking Youth Work qualifications and 2 undertaking Fundraising qualifications as part of their on the job training and development.
All our apprentices are active and involved members of their teams, taking responsibility for many tasks and supporting each other through the process. The youth work apprentices work from our outreach project ‘Vehicle for Change’, connecting with young people in isolated locations across the area, helping to set up youth groups and signposting to employment, training and work opportunities and other support agencies and much more. Our fundraising apprentices help form a team undertaking tasks such as bid writing, event planning, co-ordinating individual giving such as sponsored activities, updating funders and planning PR and campaigns.
They attended our ‘Say Yes 2 Youth’ Campaign launch, meeting many V.I.Ps, partner organisations and our new Patrons.
Enthusiastic and energetic, an apprentice can be a great asset to any organisation, with competitions such as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ spurring them on to achieve more and be truly recognised in their field. One of the apprentices here at West Kent YMCA, Helen Campbell is a finalist for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ Love Where You Live Award!
Kent High Sheriff Lord Colgrain, who visited us recently, says : “I feel strongly about the training of young people, especially young offenders. The more we can get companies to set up apprenticeships the more we can help in that process, because there is going to be less and less government money available.”
West Kent YMCA encourages residents to seek employment and training, with many going into an apprenticeship as this is the perfect way to gain valuable qualifications and experience, making them strong competitors for many roles within the workplace and moving them forward in life. Contact us to find out more on jobs@WestKentYMCA.org.uk
Kent High Sheriff Alastair Colgrain and his wife Bella who chairs Kent Community Foundation – aka Lord and Lady Colgrain – visited the Horizon Project TN2, along with other VIPs recently on a ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit. They were joined by other trustees of Kent Community Foundation as well as their CEO Carol Lynch and Development Manager Annette Fettes.
The Horizon Project offers plumbing, metalwork, carpentry and joinery skills together with individual one-to-one support for disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 25.
Horizon is currently helping around 70 young people a year on full or part time courses, in 3 workshops, as well as “Taster Days” and shorter courses. Most trainees are aged 14 to 16, 60% have been excluded from school and a further 20% are in danger of exclusion. 90% have Maths and English skills problems and Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD issues. Training is designed to meet their individual needs and can start at any time throughout the year.
The High Sheriff has great interest in training young people so was very interested to see the Horizon Project in action. During their visit they meet trainees and tutors working together, spoke to managers, tutors, mentors, youth workers and apprentices and also enjoyed the ‘Vehicle for Change’ van experience; which is designed to Engage, Equip and Empower young people. They heard from CEO Rob Marsh about all the projects and learnt about the journey young people go on with support from West Kent YMCA.
The part the Horizon Project plays in many young people’s transition is vital, the visitors were impressed by the trainees they meet, who were all still in their first week of term so may have been slightly nervous! The visit was a great success, the rain even held off for the van tour and everyone had very positive feedback from the VIPs.
If you would like to visit any of our projects, volunteer with us or take part in a sponsored activity to fundraise for our amazing projects just get in touch on friends@WestKentYMCA.org.uk