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Last Hour’s Pay

“The first day, when … the door closed, I burst into tears. It was a bit of relief …”

When the door closes for the first time, there are usually tears. Those tears are tears of relief, but they can be tainted with a little fear too; fear of the unknown.

Young people arriving at YMCA Doncaster often come from an unsettled background and fear of the unknown is a common feeling for them. Not knowing where they will be sleeping on a night or even when they will eat next.

You can make that first hour of a young person’s life at YMCA Doncaster a little easier, and a little more settled by donating your last hour’s pay today.

Your donation could provide a welcome pack to help them settle, a warm cuppa, food for their bellies or a soft pillow to rest their head.

The last hour of your working day this year could be the first hour of a happier future for a vulnerable young person who had nowhere else to go. 

Take the time today to donate your last hour’s pay.

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That’s a Wrap!

We are very much in the festive spirit following The BIG Wrap earlier this week!

We kick started our celebrations with an amazing 18 people who came in and volunteered an hour of their time to help us wrap up Christmas presents for our residents.

It was the perfect start to the festive season as one of the halls in our Community Centre was transformed into a winter workshop, and was filled with a fantastic sense of Christmas Spirit as our wonderful volunteers wrapped away.

It was like a scene from a Christmas card with wrapping paper, hot chocolates and mince pies scattered around as we worked hard to wrap up gifts. And of course, there was lots of singing along to some of our favourite Christmas classics.

We would just like to take a moment to say a massive thank you, to all of our wonderful volunteers who became elves for an hour. You have helped us to wrap an amazing 230 presents! We truly do appreciate all of the hard work that you all put in to helping us make this a special Christmas for our young people to remember.

If you were unable to attend The BIG Wrap this year, do not worry! We were amazed that The BIG Wrap was such an incredible event that it will be back next year!

If you can’t wait that long and would still like to support our work this Christmas, please see our appeal here and help to bring a glimmer of hope to our young people.

For everyone who took part, here are your best bits!


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Reverse Advent Calendar 2019

In support of the teenagers who’ll be living at YMCA Doncaster this Christmas, we’re asking local people to collect items for a Reverse Advent Calendar and spend a few moments each day considering those less fortunate.

It’s very straightforward; we’ve provided a printable calendar (click here to download yours), and all you need to do is add one item each day to a Christmas box. We’re happy for you to do this at home with your family, or with colleagues at work. Make your box as Christmassy as you want to. You might even decide to team up with friends and agree on a prize for the best decorated box!

Filled boxes can be brought to the YMCA in Wood Street any time before 24th December at 11am. We’re open 9-5 most weekdays, and until 10pm on Tuesday evenings.  For a full list of opening times, please click here.

If you start after 1st December or finish before 24th, we’re fine with that and grateful for whatever you bring. And you can substitute items if you need to, so long as they’re sealed, within use by dates and don’t need refrigeration.

Advent donations received by 20th December will be used as part of our Christmas celebrations for young people at the YMCA. Things we receive later will be used to kick off our food parcel provisions for 2020.

If you prefer to support our work with Doncaster’s young people in a different way, please click here for some other great ideas.

We’d love you to tweet as you collect things for your Reverse Advent Calendar. Remember to tag us @ymcadoncaster and we’ll retweet your pics.

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YMCA Doncaster Welcomes New Board Members

Following our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st November, we are pleased to announce that five new members will be joining our Board.

YMCA Doncaster is an independent registered charity and a registered provider of social housing, based on Wood Street in the town. Our work focuses on young adults aged 16–25.

Our Board is made up of people who are elected for a three year term and those who are co-opted for up to one year.

We are pleased to announce that Stuart Green and Alison Leeming have been elected for a three year term, alongside Laura Costa, Helen Duncan and Hannah Sanders, who have been co-opted for one year.

Louise Roffey, Chief Executive said: “As we approach the beginning of a very exciting year, I am pleased to welcome several individuals who will be joining YMCA Doncaster’s Board.

Their addition to the Board will help to better position the association as a leader in services to young people in Doncaster. These new trustees add to our existing Board and will be key in implementing the Forward Plan for the coming year, and into our future.”

More information about YMCA Doncaster’s Board Members can be found here.

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