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YMCA Swansea Youth Project Wins Welsh Government Recognition for Music Recording Studio at National Youth Work Excellence Awards

Winner of ‘Outstanding Arts and Media Youth Work Project 2016’

On Friday 24th June, YMCA Swansea’s Music Recording Studio was recognised for delivering best practice in Youth Work.  The Welsh Government national awards brought together leading youth organisations at a celebratory event in Llandudno, showcasing the best of youth work from across the country.


Age Cymru Swansea Bay and YMCA Swansea support students to Get Set for Community Action

Age Cymru Swansea Bay and YMCA Swansea are proud to be local community partners for Get Set for Community Action, a new UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. Get Set for Community Action will support young people to plan and run projects which help to make their communities healthier and more active places to live.


Brynamman people work together to build the future

Local people have come together from the area around Lower Brynamman to create a resource for the community with an emphasis on meeting the needs of the areas young people. They are holding a Fun Day on Saturday 25th June 2016, open to all those around the area to get the widest view on what people want and encourage involvement. YMCA Swansea will be attending and supporting the event.


YMCA Swansea marks 172nd anniversary of YMCA Movement with #GiveVoiceYMCA campaign

YMCA Swansea celebrated its history on 6th June by taking part in an international campaign to give young people a voice.

The local charity, which supports Swansea’s young people, signed up to #GiveaVoiceYMCA which was coordinated by the World Alliance of YMCAs.

The worldwide campaign went live on Monday 6 June, marking YMCA’s 172nd anniversary and forms part of an annual world challenge among YMCAs across the globe.


Recognition for Young YMCA Swansea Volunteer at National Awards

A young man who is helping young people to be more aware of issues around their sexuality and potential exploitation has been recognised as International Volunteer of The Year by a national awards scheme. Josh Lewis was among 19 individuals and groups whose work in dedicating thousands of hours of their time to helping others was rewarded at the 2016 Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards on Friday 10 June.


YMCA Swansea backs national YMCA research findings on the impact of new legal highs laws

YMCA Swansea is backing findings from a national research project that warns tomorrow’s blanket ban on legal highs will do little to reduce the harm these substances are having on many young people’s lives.

The local charity, which supports 5,000 young people annually across Wales, echoes recommendations from YMCA’s The Big Ban Theory report that says the new Psychoactive Substances Act must go further than prohibition and be supplemented with impartial information, advice and specialist support.


THARS bring a taste of Olympic Rio to Swansea Skate, Street & Sport Festival

THARS are a young Swansea based dance trio who rehearse weekly at the YMCA Dance Studio. Their style of dancing incorporates an exciting mix of hip hop, glitch and animation, colliding to produce captivating, high-energy dance drama! On Saturday 21st May they will be performing two different dances at the Skate, Street & Sport Festival in Swansea with a Rio inspired theme! The event is at Castle Square and kicks off at 10.30am.


YMCA Swansea welcomes visitors from India

On May 12th 2016 YMCA Swansea welcomed Mr. Mohan George (Regional Secretary, Ernakulum, Kerala) and Mr. Max Williard Jeyaprakash (General Secretary /CEO YMCA Ooty). Our two Indian colleagues were being hosted by John Berry and Janice Parkinson of Porthcawl YMCA, who had organised for them a 3 day tour of YMCAs in Wales to gather knowledge and share best practice.


YMCA Swansea signs historic Memorandum of Understanding with YMCA India

25 years ago Mani Kumar travelled to Swansea as a young man embarking on his career with the YMCA. The city has always remained special to him and on Friday 6th May, 2016 he returned to visit YMCA Swansea with his colleagues, now as The National General Secretary of YMCA India. The senior delegation from the National Council of YMCAs in India also included; Lebi Mathew (President), Jacod Rajkumar (Vice President), Mr. Shettian(Treasurer).


YMCA Swansea team SleepEasy Challenge

On Friday 4th March, Carlie Scott and her colleagues Ashleigh Cullen and Kit Barry from YMCA Swansea’s Youth Team took part in a SleepEasy Challenge event organised by Cardiff YMCA Housing. The experience opened their eyes to some of the challenges that face Wales’ homeless community, with more than 4,000 young people falling into this poverty trap. This is what Carlie had to say about her night on the street.


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