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Local Charity Sings for Joy thanks to Donation from JLR

A generous donation from Jaguar Landrover has brought much joy to members of local charity YMCA Sutton Coldfield this week after a donation of £1000 enabled the charity to buy a karaoke machine for the young disabled children’s group.


Multi-Million Pound Developers seek to quash plans for Charity Community Centre

YMCA Sutton Coldfield, a charity offering much needed services at the heart of the Sutton Coldfield community, is shocked and appalled by a Deed of Variation which aims to withdraw plans for a community centre promised to the charity over 6 years ago as part of a new housing development in Walmley.

Developers Kier/Rubery Owen are threatening to overthrow plans for the YMCA community centre, taking away much needed facilities from those in need in a bid to increase their own profits.


Local charity visits Palestine and Israel as part of International Youth Exchange


Local charity YMCA Sutton Coldfield took 17 young local people to one of the world’s most conflicted areas to enrich their historical, religious and political knowledge at a time when young people are getting more and more involved in politics.


We are recruiting – Area Assistant Youth Workers

“Triple A” Youth Project: Aspiration, Ambition, Achievement

We are currently recruiting for committed, highly motivated youth work practitioners  to work on our Triple A Youth Work Project, working intensively and holistically with Young People aged 10 – 19 years old, and their families in: New Oscott, Kingstanding, East Handsworth, Nechells, Stockland Green and Falcon Lodge. We currently have positions for the following part-time posts:


They know I’m here

Better ways of working with difficult-to-reach young adult carers

Written by Mark Chester, Space2think

Luke is a regular 18 year old. He’s studying and working and thinking about the future – about leaving home and building a career. But Luke is also a bit different because he can see into the future and he knows some of what is coming. He is not a clairvoyant or a crystal ball gazer; he is a carer, and carers know that the future is not theirs alone. Their ideas and dreams of what life could hold for them are tethered by the responsibility of caring for others. Their decisions are constrained by the needs of their loved ones. Not that they would necessarily have it any other way.


We are recruiting

We are recruiting for the “Triple A” Youth PROJECT
Aspiration Ambition Achievement

We are extending our Triple A youth work project into three new areas to work intensively and holistically with;
Young People aged 10-19yrs, and their families in; East Handsworth; Nechells; Stockland Green. We are looking for committed, highly motivated youth work practitioners to fill the following posts:


December Holiday Programme 5-11 years

Our December holiday programme will run from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd December 2016 and is for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. Daily onsite activities include Arts & Crafts, Cooking, indoor and outdoor sports and games.   £15 for a full day (8.15am-5.45pm). Here’s the timetable of activities and details of how to book.


Stepping Up – The Grand Opening

Our Stepping Up Programme have moved into new premises and we would like to invite you to come and show your support to our young people and help us celebrate our move.
When – Friday 7th October 1pm – 4pm
Where – 13 Fosseway Drive, Erdington B23 5LD

There will be homemade healthy snacks, dramatic performances and independent living presentations.  We would love to show you our new premises and welcome your support whether you stay for the afternoon or call in for a quick look.

Please RSVP – Clairegeraghty@ymcasc.org.uk  or debbiehopkins@ymcasc.org.uk   01213829134




I’m not afraid anymore

The impact of life coaching within a support service for young carers

Written by Mark Chester, Space2think

Aphra Lewin sits in a classroom with a young girl who will only speak through a curtain of her hair, which she has pulled down in front of her face. She wants to talk about the paranormal. Across town, Alan Burrows is in Starbucks with a young carer called Ryan. Ryan is tired. He’s worked a shift in his job as a Kitchen Porter in a casino in China Town and he is worried about his Mum. Kirsty Burden is in the YMCA at Sutton Coldfield, the place that has brought all these people together; she is with Louise, who cares for her Dad and her Nan, but determinedly refuses to class herself as a young carer.



At our recent Sleep Easy event we asked people why they were supporting us.  Here are a few of those pictures.  If you support us it would be great if you could share a similar picture on social media using the hashtag #isupportymcasc

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