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Musical Routes success for YMCA participants

A Project established by Swansea City Opera to explore and celebrate migration and cultural heritage in the city, was commemorated at an event this week at Swansea’s Waterfront Museum.

YMCA Swansea has been working alongside Swansea City Opera and many of the city’s migrants as part of the ‘Musical Routes’ project.

The event at Waterfront Museum was the culmination of a year’s work where YMCA Swansea has supported many of the city’s migrants to learn a range of musical instruments, and compose songs and music about their culture and heritage. Other organisations involved in the project include Chinese Community Co-operative Centre, Unity and Diversity, and Africa Community Centre.

Throughout the duration of the project, YMCA Swansea’s Music Youth Support Officer, Gergo Daroczi, along with volunteers Yotin Wallace and Ify Iwobi, taught participants to play instruments including piano, drums and guitar, to enable them to share ‘their story’ through their own compositions.

Participants performed their music at the event at the Waterfront Museum this week, which included melodies, rhythms and influences from their cultural heritage that have been fused together through shared experiences during the project.

One of YMCA Swansea’s participants from the Musical Routes project said: “We all had such a good time. Without this project and your help we wouldn’t have had the confidence to go on stage, but we tried our best and really want to learn more. Now we are more comfortable and happy to try new things.’’

YMCA Swansea works with the most difficult-to-engage young people in Swansea and nearby cities. The recording studio at YMCA’s Swansea base focuses on using music as an engagement tool to upskill, motivate and help young people through hard times. YMCA Swansea offers instrument tuition, vocal training, band recording and support in writing songs and forming bands.


YMCA Chief Executive shortlisted for Leader of the Year award

YMCA Swansea’s Chief Executive Officer, Anne-Marie Rogan, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Womenspire Awards 2017.

Established by Chwarae Teg, Wales’ leading gender equality charity, the Womenspire Awards recognises women for every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution. They showcase the remarkable accomplishments of women across Wales, with the aim of inspiring future generations.

Anne-Marie has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Leader of the Year’ category for her outstanding work with YMCA Swansea. The awards ceremony will take place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on Wednesday June 21st 2017.

Anne-Marie said: “I am thrilled to be a finalist in the Womenspire Awards 2017 alongside many fabulous, inspiring women from across Wales.”

There are thirteen award categories, which include Champion of the Year; Leader of the Year; Game Changer of the Year; Woman in the Creative Sector; Rising Star; Community Activist of the Year; Woman in the Rural Economy; Woman in Business/Enterprise; STEM/pioneer; Woman in Education; Learner of the Year; Man of the Year; Employer of the Year.

Tickets for the awards ceremony on Wednesday 21st June can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2pvLjpa


YMCA Swansea Volunteer & LGBT Advocate Wins Young Person of the Year, UK Youth Award

Sol Campbell, Nigel Mansell CBE and The Minister of Civil Society joined the high-profile judging panel to select the winner of this years UK Youth Awards this week. Gabriel Cole, aged 21 from Swansea was awarded the prestigious Young Person of the Year Award. Gabe, an LBGT+ and hate crime awareness advocate has overcome his own gender and sexuality challenges to now support and inspire others to be strong, independent, and brave. The finalists were invited to an exclusive reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by UK Youth’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. Gabe was also awarded grant funding and mentoring to continue his positive journey.


YMCA Swansea recognises Inspirational Members, Past and Present

On Friday, 25th November YMCA Swansea honoured the late David Thomas Hopkins by erecting a plaque at the YMCA building. David was an Honorary Life Member of YMCA Swansea for 50 years, having bought international recognition to the organisation in both football and cricket. David sadly passed away last June and the family and YMCA wanted to recognise the contribution he made by erecting a memorial.


YMCA Swansea supports Body Image Pledge to help people be confident in their skin

Businesses urged to pledge to make a difference to body confidence

YMCA Swansea has signed up to a new Pledge released today that aims to increase body confidence across the UK and urge industries to reflect real people in their work.


Young Persons Champion from YMCA Swansea celebrates win at national youth charity awards

An inspiring young person from YMCA Swansea, Carlie Torlop, has beaten off competition to be crowned Young Worker of the Year at the charity’s national youth awards last Friday night, 4th November. There was further cause for celebration as the organisation was also a finalist in two other categories, the prestigious ‘YMCA of the Year Award’ and Ashleigh Cullen was recognised for her inspirational work as a ‘Young Leader’.


Continuation of Support for Swansea Young Carers Secured by YMCA Swansea

YMCA Swansea has been able to secure and take over the Swansea Young Carers Project, previously run by Carers Trust Swansea Bay, Crossroads Care Service who went into administration last week. Swansea Young Carers Project, funded by Families First, will now be managed by YMCA Swansea.


Social Saturday is Coming

People in Swansea urged to buy social on Saturday 15 October

Social Saturday, a day to celebrate social enterprises, returns on 15 October and people in Swansea are being urged to use their buying power in support.


Mental health stigma is stopping young people asking for help

YMCA Swansea supports major research findings out today for NHS and YMCA anti-stigma campaign, fronted by Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks)

 YMCA Swansea has thrown its support behind a major new mental health awareness campaign, as YMCA research reveals more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma.


Young People From YMCA Swansea Contribute to Success of ‘Get Set’ for Community Action Project across UK and Improve Local Community Relationships

Four years on from London 2012, young people in Swansea and across the UK are harnessing the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, turning inspiration into action within their local communities.

Over 500 community projects have taken place across the UK in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcasing the work of more than 18,500 young people ‘Action Leads’ aged 14-19 who are working to make their communities better and healthier places to live. It’s all part of Get Set for Community Action, a year-long UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to a £2.1 million award from the Big Lottery Fund.


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