Perfect Moment

Zoe writes about booking a meeting room at YMCA Doncaster – and letting us take up some of the arrangements for you. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.

Life is a busy thing, isn’t it? There is always one thing or another that needs to be done and it’s difficult to find a perfect moment sometimes. Which is why I love my to-do list – it helps me to plan out my days and organise my life – if you don’t have one yet, you should try it (I think you’ll love it).

Do you have “hire a room” on your to-do list? Maybe now that I mention it you remembered that you needed to add that to your list? Maybe you hadn’t thought about booking a room yet? Or maybe you will try out my recommendation and start your list with “book a room”.

Any which way you find yourself reading this, now is the perfect moment to get that room booking sorted.

Many people know YMCA Doncaster for the 30 rooms available to young people in our hostel, but many are unaware of our room hire facilities in our Community Centre. We have 6 rooms to offer – they are all different shapes and sizes and able to accommodate a variety of different sized groups and events.

So, is it the perfect moment to:

  • Get that large staff meeting sorted?
  • Book that seminar?
  • Find a new space for your theatre/dance group?
  • Finally book that training space?
  • Get everyone together for your AGM?

YMCA Doncaster is located in the town centre and offers a competitive and affordable rate.

We believe in the positive benefit of participation with the community and are able to serve a range of room hire needs. We are also able to provide tea and coffee making facilities, and other catering can be arranged upon discussion.

All of the money we raise through your bookings goes back into our work with vulnerable young people.

If you would like to know more details on each of our rooms then take a look at our website here.

Or call us on 01302 342148 and our friendly staff will be happy to arrange an appointment for you to call in and view the spaces we have available.

If it is the perfect moment for you to seize this opportunity then contact us today.

As I mentioned earlier, life is a busy thing! So let us handle your room booking. We are a friendly team who are happy to help – let this room booking business be our problem, you sit back and grab a coffee, tick that room booking off of your to-do list and we’ll do the rest.


Need You

Zoe writes about volunteering. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.

The word need can be defined as “requiring something because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable”. Whilst the word need is a word I use as part of my day-to-day vocabulary, I often use it wrongly.

I will often say “I need a bar of chocolate” or “I need a takeaway” after a busy day. But when I really sit and think about the word need, I remember that I am fortunate enough to be able to have a bar of chocolate or a takeaway without really needing it.

Sadly, there are many young people out there in Doncaster who do need much more than just a chocolate bar – they need a home.

YMCA Doncaster is an independent charity and we are trying to provide the essentials for these vulnerable young people who find themselves homeless. The biggest way we do this is through our Supported Accommodation – this provides a home for 30 young people.

Not only do our young people have a roof over their heads, we have a 24/7 team that provide one to one sessions with clients to help them with a wide range of struggles.

Ultimately, we help them to move into a safe home that they can call their own.

We are small team of around 20 people, all carrying out different roles to directly contribute to improving the lives of these young people. They need us, and we need you.

Here at YMCA Doncaster we are always looking for volunteers to help us continue to carry out the work that we do. Why not take a look at our website to see some of our volunteering opportunities and see how you can get involved?

Many of the people who volunteer with us do so through volunteering in our Charity Shop based on Wood Street.

Volunteers in our Charity Shop are able to give hands-on help to our shop supervisor, helping with displays, dealing with customers and sorting through weird and wonderful donations.

Every penny raised through the Charity Shop is used to fund our work with young people in Doncaster.

Here at YMCA Doncaster we value the time and effort that our volunteers put in to help us to continue are work, and welcome them into a supportive team. Volunteering with YMCA Doncaster gives you an opportunity to be a part of something and to learn new skills, whilst developing friendships with people you may never have met otherwise.

So, whether you are job hunting and are wanting to gain some more skills, looking for work experience or just have some time on your hands and want to try out something new, then why not contact us. We would love to hear from you!

You can call us on 01302 342148 if you have any questions, or call in to our Community Centre or Charity Shop, both based on Wood Street. Alternatively you can take a look at our website to find out how to apply to become a volunteer, and help us to give vulnerable young people the help that they need.


Hold My Hand

Zoe writes about joining our staff team. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.

Babies are SO cute! My sister recently had a baby girl and – as biased as I may be – she is just adorable! She was also my inspiration for this blog. As I sat in my sisters’ house holding her as she slept, she overwhelmed me with the simplest of acts – she held my finger.

Now, whilst bursting into tears isn’t an unusual occurrence for me, the whole ordeal got me analysing why it had had such an affect on me, and more so, what it means to hold hands.

Holding hands is typically associated with romance, love and affection. However, holding hands is something that we do throughout our lives with different people and it symbolises many things such as protection, encouragement, comfort and support.

Unfortunately some young people do not have someone to hold their hand as they go through life, and instead have to struggle on their own.

That is why at YMCA Doncaster we offer a space to feel secure, respected, heard and valued.

We try our best to do this for everybody that we come into contact with, but especially for the vulnerable young people we work with – this is our way of “holding hands” with the most disadvantaged of Doncaster’s young people.

At YMCA Doncaster we are a small, friendly, team working in a variety of roles to help those who are less fortunate, with our biggest current project being our Supported Accommodation.

Our Supported Accommodation is designed to be somewhere that our young people can call home, whilst receiving the support they need to tackle the difficulties they face in the community as young people.

We welcome a variety of young people, all with different difficult backgrounds, and we offer a helping hand to get them back on their feet and become more independent.

Do you have what it takes to work either directly with young people, or provide the essential background services to enable YMCA Doncaster to hold young people’s hands through their difficult times and help them build themselves a better life?

If you think so, check out our website for our current job listings.

Or, why not come along to one of our regularly held recruitment information sessions to find out more?

Attending one of our sessions will give you the opportunity to see where you would be working, meet with some of our staff and ask any questions you have about the positions that are available.

Whilst we welcome residents into a Supported Accommodation we also welcome our staff members into a supportive team.

If you are ready to join a team in which you will be valued, respected and supported and no two days will be the same, then YMCA Doncaster could be for you.


Don’t Give Up On Us

Joanne writes about hiring our meeting rooms. This post is a part of series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.

Many of our older generations have watched Doncaster as it has developed beyond all recognition. Old buildings have been replaced with big shiny boxes as they seek to keep up with the modern age.

For over 160 years, YMCA Doncaster has been part of the heart of our town; here to serve the community and support Doncaster’s young adults. At present, we offer supported accommodation for up to 30 young people and support many more.

We are needed more today than we ever have been; many of our young people would have been homeless, on the streets, or sofa surfing if our accommodation hadn’t been available.

We rely on help and donations from generous local people to enable us to continue on our path, and we hope to be here to provide our services for many more years.

You can do your bit to help us remain a vital part of Doncaster by hiring one of our rooms for your next business meeting.

We rely on the support of local people to use our facilities, to donate to us, and to spend in our charity shop. Every penny we raise goes towards supporting the young people in our town.

We are a stone’s throw from Doncaster’s civic quarter; just a brief walk from the train station and bus interchange.

Our community centre offers a range of rooms available to hire, from a modest board room that will seat 10, to two spacious halls that will seat up to 50 people; all of them are charged at competitive prices.

If you are looking for an affordable venue for your next meeting or training event, we may be able to help.

If you are not familiar with the YMCA, you’re very welcome to visit and look at the facilities we have to offer. Rooms are available as a ‘one off’ or as a regular booking. We can provide a range of equipment, including OH projector, flip charts and stands, projection screens, TVs and videos, and organise buffet lunches for as many as required.

Our small team of dedicated staff will help you plan your layout and work with you to make sure your room is set exactly how you like it. We want you to enjoy your time with us, and we want you to be proud of yourself for helping to support Doncaster’s most vulnerable young adults.

Check out our web page at ymcadoncaster.org.uk/meetingrooms/ or call reception on 01302 342148 to book your next meeting with us.


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