Sep


4

Community Building Update

For most of the past 18 months, our Community Centre has been used as a space for office staff, occasional visits and for co-ordinating donations to support our work with young people. Right before the pandemic, we were working towards appointing an architect to provide options for refurbishing or rebuilding the centre.  Our Board were…

Aug


18

Transforming The Old Paperhouse

So many things have changed for us during the pandemic, including the way that we use our buildings and spaces. One of our biggest changes has been taking an old shop, previously let out as a newsagent’s, and adapting it for use in our work with young people.  We have been able to transform the…

Aug


16

Take Part in Art – Summer Term Review

We have had the best time testing out some great new activities for children and young people. Thank you to everyone who has joined in and helped us find our sparkle again. Our Take Part in Art term-time sessions were hugely popular, and we loved creating some great pieces of art with you. We hope…

Apr


5

Charity Shop April Update

We’re moving the shop around, updating a few things and making sure we’re ready for a safe re-opening later this spring. Following the Prime Minister’s announcements on 5th April, we’re holding pre-booked slots for our furniture sale, and we’re ready to welcome your donations too. Please click here for more information about donating to the…

Nov


16

Online Activities Survey

It goes without saying that 2020 has been hard on everyone. Covid-19 and lockdown have given us all some really big challenges and we’ve all been affected in some way. We know that children have been at home, and whilst it’s been nice for some families to have that extra time together, the added pressures…

Oct


31

Thrift+

Throughout lockdown, a lot of people have taken their extra time to have a good old sort through all their things and get rid of anything they no longer need. I find having a clear-out to be so therapeutic and relaxing and it gives me a little bit more focus in my life. You know…

Oct


20

Some Might Say

Sam writes about our Supported Accommodation and what we offer to the young people who live here at YMCA Doncaster. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth.   Some might say that here at YMCA Doncaster we have a charity shop and that’s all they…

Oct


12

Loneliness

Sam writes about loneliness during lockdown and what our residents have done to avoid this. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth. Loneliness can effect anyone for a number of different reasons. I think now more than ever in these uncertain times, we can find…

Oct


10

Hole in the Head

Joel writes about mental health struggles. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth. Suffering with mental health can often feel like a hole in the head; continuing to grow by manifesting from the tiniest trigger. What was once a taboo topic – something that was…

Sep


29

Somewhere Only We Know

Bryony writes about our Supported Accommodation. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth. ‘Oh, I didn’t know you had accommodation, I thought it was just a charity shop’, is one of the most frequent phrases we hear at YMCA Doncaster, but in reality, the Supported…