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Lloyds Staff Sleep on the Streets to Raise £1200

LloydsStaff from the Doncaster branch of Lloyds Bank have teamed up with the YMCA to raise £1244 in our annual Sleep Easy event.

The fundraising event which took place in March required participants to spend an evening sleeping rough to help raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in Doncaster. The entire amount raised totalled over £3500 and will be used to help support vulnerable young people.

Louise Roffey, Chief Executive, commented, “Sleep Easy is our annual sponsored sleep out; a great chance for people who want to raise awareness about homelessness and funds to support the work of Doncaster YMCA. We were really pleased that people came down and were so eager to make it a successful event – especially the team from Lloyds Bank. They really got into the spirit of the event and took part in all of the activities and challenges with great enthusiasm! We’re extremely grateful for the fantastic amount they were able to raise and really hope they’ll be taking part again next year.”

Seven of Lloyd’s Bank staff members teamed up to spend the night sleeping in cardboard boxes.

Lee Howard, an associate at Lloyds Bank, commented, “We were told about the Sleep Easy event by our branch manager who had received a flyer from staff at the YMCA. We really enjoyed the shelter building as it was a lot of fun and was also great for team building. I would definitely take part again as I feel it’s a really worthy cause.”

As part of a Lloyds Bank Foundation initiative, a contribution of £500 was made by the organisation – adding to the monies already raised by the team. This bought their total to £1244 after previously raising £744 through individual sponsorship.

“Matched Giving” is a scheme available to Lloyds Bank staff taking part in charity and fundraising events. In 2013, 7180 “Matched Giving” claims were made and the total amount matched hit the £2.6 million mark. They also supported 1310 charities last year alone.

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Goodbye Chris!

Well the time has come to bid farewell to one of our Assistant Managers – Chris Jones – who is leaving to be involved in his family’s fast-expanding property development business.

Chris, who gained his managerial experience as an overseas hotelier, has been working for the YMCA over the past 2 years. Within his role here, Chris has been an integral part of helping vulnerable young people gain the confidence and skills required for independent living.

Chris commented, “As cliché as it sounds, the best part of working at the YMCA is that my job is genuinely rewarding. To get home at the end of each day knowing that I have actively helped a young person take those big steps towards an independent life is pretty special. I have loved being a part of helping people access the accommodation, education and skills to really improve their lives”.

Chris has also been responsible for overseeing our social work students. “Working with the students has been a great experience for me. It’s helped to add a new dimension to my managerial experience – working within an academic capacity has been really interesting. I feel that I have developed a lot since I first began at the YMCA and I have gained some great experiences.”

We will certainly miss Chris here at the centre – we wish him every success in his new venture and thank him for all of his hard work over the past 2 years.

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Meet Ken!

With the arrival of National Volunteers Week on 1st June we thought that it would be a great time for you to get to know one of our volunteers a little bit better!

Ken has been a volunteer at the our Charity Shop on Wood Street since December 2013. He is at the shop most days helping to run it and ensure all of the great donations we receive are looked after and find loving homes.

Volunteering was definitely something new for Ken but since deciding that he would like to dedicate his spare time to benefit others – he hasn’t looked back!

“I hadn’t ever volunteered before but I had made the decision that I would like to become a volunteer to give something back to my local community. It was then – and only by chance – that I walked past the shop on Wood Street and saw a sign stating that the YMCA was looking for volunteers. I thought about it and decided (pretty quickly!) that this was perfect for what I was looking for! I applied for the volunteer’s post and the rest is history!”

With its constant stream of shoppers from all walks of life, Ken thoroughly enjoys the variety his volunteering post brings. “No two days are the same – I love meeting all of our customers and getting to know them. There are some real characters and we have a lot of fun in the store!”

Although being a volunteer means there isn’t a financial reward at the end of the day – Ken takes a lot from his position. “It’s great to know that when I get home everyday – I have actively helped to improve someone’s life. The work that the YMCA does in the local community is fantastic and they offer so much support and stability to those who need it. I feel really proud to be a part of the team and making a difference to people’s lives.”

If Ken’s story has inspired you to think about becoming a volunteer or if you would like any further information on volunteering – please click here or call into the shop to have a chat with our shop’s supervisor Bob.

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Our Search for New Trustees

We’re currently looking for new local people to join our Board of Governors and support our work through overseeing our strategy, policy and direction.

At present, we’re particularly interested to hear from people with current experience of one of the following

– Retail Management
– Strategic Planning
– Financial Appraisal and Planning
– Building Construction / Refurbishment
– Christian Leadership
– Business Management

We meet on Wednesday evenings, around six times a year, and those few hours could make a real difference to the lives of some of Doncaster’s most vulnerable young people. If you have the skills and experiences we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

We have a tour and talk for applicants planned for August.

To find out more, please download the information pack below.

Board of Governors Full Pack 2014

Please return your application by post to

Louise Roffey
Chief Executive
YMCA Doncaster
31 Wood Street
Doncaster
DN1 3LH

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