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yesterday at 18:53. Facebook
Watch MasterChef UK's Gregg Wallace at YMCA East London for BBC One's Britain's Home Truths, the first in a five-part series in which celebrity presenters look at the places Britons choose to call home.

As a Peckham boy, Gregg visited YMCA East London's MyPad scheme, in which ex-container units have been converted into affordable homes.

Watch from 36 minutes in [ Bbc.in Link ]
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02/19/2017 at 20:25. Facebook
This London Fashion Week the Be Real Campaign is calling on designers, fashion houses, clothing brands and model agencies to show greater commitment to tackling body image anxiety.

We want the fashion industry to sign up to the Be Real Body Image Pledge to prove it is serious about portraying responsible attitudes to body image, reflecting diversity, reality and promoting good health and...
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Fashion industry must show commitment to positive body image, warns Be Real Campaign at start of London Fashion Week – The Be Real Campaign

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02/18/2017 at 19:16. Facebook
'Our voice is stronger when we unite. Together we can create real change for the young people of Europe.'

From New York to Brussels, Phillippa blogs about YMCA Europe's Youth Policy Group, following on from her time at the United Nations [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/17/2017 at 18:56. Facebook
YMCAs across the country are gearing up for National #SleepEasy17 Week, kicking off on Friday 3 March.

One night can make a lifetime of difference, could you sleep rough so others don't have to? Find your nearest event at [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/17/2017 at 16:21. Facebook
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02/16/2017 at 19:08. Facebook
A third of employers liable to pay the new Apprenticeship Levy from April are not even aware of its existence, suggests research.

From April, employers with wage bills of more than £3m will be required to put 0.5% of their payroll into the levy to fund apprenticeships.

The aim is to double spending on apprentices in England, resulting in three million new apprenticeships.

Employers 'unaware' of April apprenticeship plan - BBC News

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02/15/2017 at 19:25. Facebook
“We are defined by what we see." Imagine the moments that have been witnessed through these lenses of our global movement...

Today we visited University of Birmingham's Cadbury Research Library, where YMCA's archive is stored, with artifacts dating back more than 170 years old.

From 'The British Empire YMCA Weekly' magazine from 1916 to photos from our 'Snapshots from Home League' project...
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02/14/2017 at 18:57. Facebook
This Valentine’s Day we’ve pulled together a collection of stories from couples that met at YMCAs across the country, from our Vice President Val and husband Norman who have been married for 45 years after meeting at YMCA Maidstone, to Declan and Richard at YMCA Chelmsley Wood Shop who are now engaged. Read their stories: [ Bit.ly Link ]

“YMCA has provided many people with help to achieve...
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02/13/2017. Facebook
Homeless women turned away by local councils 'trying to keep numbers down'. A Channel 4 Dispatches experiment found that out of 15 approaches made by women with priority needs, only four were successful.

Homeless women turned away by local councils 'trying to keep numbers down'

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02/12/2017. Facebook
Our charity shops across England and Wales have been busy getting in the Valentine's Day mood by transforming their shop windows ready for the season of love. Take a look at some of our favourites, and find your nearest shop to pick up something for that special someone this Tuesday. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Thanks to YMCA Plymouth Charity Shop, YMCA Longridge Charity Shop, YMCA Newton Abbot Shop,...
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02/11/2017. Facebook
Last week, we shared Phillippa's blog with you about her trip to the United Nations, joining World YMCA's delegation to the ECOSOC Youth Forum. She was joined by YMCA Youth Ambassador, Jerahl, who's shared his experiences, too.

"Being able to represent YMCA as a Youth Ambassador in a building of such political and diplomatic importance... has been a journey of inspiration, joy, hope and...
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02/10/2017. Facebook
As the UK weather forecast deteriorates tonight and over the weekend, make sure you know what to do if you see someone sleeping rough. You can Street Link their location through their website at [ Bit.ly Link ].

If someone you know is at risk of homelessness or need support with housing needs, we have more information on our website [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/09/2017. Facebook
Earlier today, a new group of YMCA Youth Ambassadors met in London for their induction. They are young people aged 18 to 30 who will represent us nationally and internationally over the coming months. They met with our CEO Denise, Chair Martin and staff from the team at YMCA England, and also received training on becoming a spokesperson on youth issues.

Thanks to YMCA Suffolk, Teesdale YMCA...
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02/08/2017. Facebook
Yesterday was #SaferInternetDay, here's a few tips from BBC News for parents on sharing photos online of your children. [ Bbc.in Link ]
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02/08/2017. Facebook
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02/07/2017. Facebook
'The new Housing White Paper is step in the right direction but doesn’t go far enough'

The Government’s announcement today comes in line with what YMCA has been saying consistently for many years – that the market is ‘broken’ and in dire need of fixing.

Read our response in full: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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02/06/2017. Facebook
Are you between 16-26? Have you been on an #apprenticeship? If yes, get in touch to share your experiences for new research we're working on. Please share far and wide, and tag in the comments.
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02/05/2017. Facebook
YMCA Charity Shops across the country have transformed their shop windows just in times for Valentine's Day! Have you passed one recently? Share your pictures with us, and we'll be posting a selection later in the week.

Here's a great one to start us off, from YMCA Holt Charity Shop, in Norfolk. They even made the top 10 in the country on Charity Shop Visual Merchandising & Display's blog!...
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Top Ten Charity Shop Valentines Displays 2017

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02/04/2017. Facebook
Earlier this week Phillippa spent two days with World YMCA at the United Nations, speaking on youth issues.

"As the world moves towards implementing policies and programmes to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, it is critical that YMCA is there to advocate for those young people who are ignored and whose needs are forgotten"

Read Phillippa's blog on her experiences...
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02/03/2017. Facebook
As it's #NationalStorytellingWeek, take a look at some of the inspirational YMCA Stories from young people and projects that we've gathered during the past year.

From overcoming homelessness and mental health difficulties, to entrepreneurship and app development. #ThisisYMCA

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