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yesterday at 19:48. Facebook
We love these YMCA Charity Shop window displays from around the UK to help boost donations to support YMCA's work!

The team at YMCA Chelmsley Wood Shop hosted a week of live mannequins, while at Ymca South Shields Shop they displayed stark mannequins that needed some new clothes and made it onto BBC Look North. Well done guys!

Find out how to donate to your local YMCA shop at [ Bit.ly Link ]
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01/21/2017 at 18:19. Facebook
Last week we shared a blog post from Andreea Lazar, who is taking part in the European Voluntary Service with YMCA Bournemouth.

This week she joined YMCA communications and fundraising representatives from across England and Wales in London. The group shared idea, plans for the next 12 months, and skills with each other.

Here she is with Mike, Communications Officer at YMCA England from...
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01/20/2017 at 17:40. Facebook
This week, we launched our Somebody Like Me research, looking at #bodyimage anxiety in secondary school children. In response, the Be Real Campaign, founded by YMCA and Dove, has published the #bodyconfidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools to help students 11 to 16 year olds.

Take a look back at our research [ Bit.ly Link ], and download the Toolkit [ Bit.ly Link ]

#BeRealSchool
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01/19/2017 at 18:48. Facebook
In response to this tweet from Labour MP Simon Danczuk, The Guardian blogger Penny Anderson has said: "homeless people aren’t subhuman. One day that might be you sleeping rough" looking at how quickly short-term tenancy can cause homelessness.

Do you think the tweet was misguided? Read Penny's blog in full [ Bit.ly Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 19:25. Facebook
Thanks for everyone who has supported the launch of our work with the Be Real Campaign this week, make sure you watch back the Facebook Live from Southend YMCA on our page from earlier today, too.

Read a Huffington Post UK blog from our CEO, Denise Hatton: [ Huff.to Link ] "Where there are perfectly innocent and healthy responses to issues such as looks and appearance, there can also be...
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01/18/2017 at 14:30. Facebook
We’re at Southend YMCA’s Community Free School talking to students and teachers about the Be Real Campaign Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools. This school is one of a number across the country that has taken on the toolkit to help its young people learn more about being body confident and today's session is just one example of how the toolkit is being used by teachers...
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01/18/2017 at 07:45. Facebook
Annette Turner, Headteacher at Southend YMCA's Free School, told us that #bodyimage anxiety "can hinder students' academic progress"

Join us here at 2:30pm today for our first ever Facebook live when students will be discussing #bodyconfidence using the new toolkit.

Read the research, and a new schools toolkit from the Be Real Campaign, founded by YMCA and Dove, calling for secondary...
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01/17/2017 at 19:35. Facebook
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch today to talk about the Be Real Campaign​’s new body anxiety research and toolkit for schools.

We’ve heard some insightful and moving stories from young people and teachers all over the UK. If you’re a teacher, you can download the new Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools from the Be Real website and be sure to read all about our research...
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01/17/2017 at 12:40. Facebook
Read Somebody Like Me, the Be Real Campaign research into #BodyImage anxiety in secondary school pupils [ Bit.ly Link ] #BeRealSchool
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01/17/2017 at 07:30. Facebook
Somebody Like Me, new research from the Be Real Campaign, founded by YMCA and Dove, has lifted the lid on the damaging effects of body image anxiety on secondary school children, some as young as 11 years old.

To help combat the fact that almost a third of 11 to 16 year olds say they isolate themselves from certain activities because of low body confidence, the Be Real Campaign has also...
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01/16/2017 at 20:19. Facebook
Tomorrow we'll be bringing some exciting news on body confidence with some new statistics and resources, followed by our first ever Facebook Live, which you can watch on our page this Wednesday from 2:30pm. (Much) more to follow in the morning....
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01/15/2017. Facebook
"It's already been four months since I became an Discover the EVS - European Voluntary Service volunteer in the UK. After eight years of volunteering work for YMCA in Romania, I came to the UK, the place where YMCA started."

Read about Andreea Lazar's experience volunteering for YMCA Bournemouth in her own words. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Volunteers are a hugely vital part of YMCA's work - find out...
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01/14/2017. Facebook
There is no such thing as a typical homeless person, every experience and story is totally different and unique, thanks to YMCA Exeter for showing this to us.

Homeless in Britain: ‘I graduated with honours – and ended up on the streets’

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01/13/2017. Facebook
Emergency homeless shelters open as temperature drop – here’s how you can direct someone to them

As the UK’s temperatures are set to drop this weekend – make sure you know what to do if you see a rough sleeper on the streets. Be sure to get in touch with Street Link, and familiarise yourself with any local emergency shelters that have been set up during the winter. Read this great guide from...
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01/12/2017. Facebook
We’re excited to announce the launch of #SleepEasy17! YMCAs are preparing themselves for National Sleep Easy Week from 3 to 11 March events are taking place across the country, where you can sleep rough so others don't have to.

Take on the challenge and get sponsored to help support our work with homeless young people. One night could make a lifetime of difference. Find participating YMCAs...
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01/11/2017. Facebook
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the capital's employers to offer staff help with soaring housing costs.

He said: “It is unacceptable that so many hard-working Londoners continue to be priced out of their own city... we must do all we can to retain and attract the best talent in our capital and to make sure we remain a city for all Londoners.”

What do you think? Could the proposal work?...
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01/10/2017. Facebook
Staff at Ymca North Staffordshire recently received this message from an ex-resident who lived with them more than 20 years ago. A true heart-warming affirmation of the work we do across England and Wales.
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01/10/2017. Facebook
This morning Norman Lamb MP cited YMCA's #IAMWHOLE campaign as part of a Westminster Hall debate on supporting children’s wellbeing and #mentalhealth in a school environment.

Our research told us that 54% of young people who had experienced stigma due to their mental health difficulties said it meant they were left out.

Are you struggling with mental health difficulties or do you know...
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01/09/2017. Facebook
Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister on new measures to provide better support for mental health patients is a positive step towards tackling the mental health epidemic young people are currently facing.

We welcome the PM's review into the quality of mental health services and look forward to sharing what young people have told us.

From our research into mental health stigma, as part...
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01/08/2017. Facebook
Great work from our colleagues at YMCA Finland, who have started a three-year program to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The main emphasis is on the vocational readiness and development of livelihood among young people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland has awarded a grant of 620,000 euros.

For more updates on the work of YMCAs across Europe, follow YMCA Europe.