YMCA THAMES GATEWAY




BARKING & DAGENHAM / DARTFORD
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Birthday parties update

Following a rise in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, thought to be 40% to 80% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, the Government have taken the decision to delay the easing of lockdown.

Today’s announcement means that unfortunately, we will be unable to offer birthday parties until after 19 July. Please do call us to reschedule your party, as those who had booked parties with us post 21 June will be given priority of dates.

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Captain Tom 100

We’re proud to be part of the #CaptainTom100 challenge which celebrates the life and legacy of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

WHAT’S YOUR 100?

All you need to do is dream up a challenge based around the number 100, and complete it between Friday, 30 April and Monday, 3 May.
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You could walk 100 laps of your garden just like Captain Tom, swim 100 lengths or sing for 100 minutes. There are no rules (apart from following Government guidelines) and it’s open to everyone.
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Join team YMCA and start your fundraising journey now! Click here to sign up, or find out more.
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Share your 100 and inspire hope!

Whether you’re juggling for 100 seconds, building 100 sandcastles or climbing 100 steps, we’d love to see it.

Help inspire the nation by sharing pictures or videos of your 100 on social media, using the hashtag #CaptainTom100

#CaptainTom100

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Do it your way! Together we can ensure Captain Tom’s legacy lives on.

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YMCA THAMES GATEWAY MERGES WITH WEST KENT

COMING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO HOMELESS PEOPLE – 29 March 2021

YMCA Thames Gateway is pleased to share its merger with YMCA West Kent, enabling the two organisations to combine their strengths, skills, resources and knowledge to better serve the people and communities they work with across London, Kent and Essex.

YMCA West Kent will become one of the branches operating as part of YMCA Thames Gateway, joining Romford, Dartford, Greenwich and Bexley. Services delivered by YMCA West Kent will currently be unchanged and all the existing staff members will remain in post.

Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Thames Gateway, Dave Ball, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome YMCA West Kent as part of the Thames Gateway family going forward. The past year has been really tough for a number of organisations, and especially charities, so to be able to come together to continue our work across an even wider patch is incredibly positive.”

YMCA Thames Gateway came to fruition when YMCA Romford successfully merged with YMCA Dartford back in 2015. As an Association, they offer around 500 young people with a safe place to stay every year, childcare support through nurseries, pre-schools, and after school, holiday and youth clubs, and deliver health and wellbeing through a gym and fitness classes. The merger with West Kent will see YMCA Thames Gateway add a number of projects to their portfolio of services including an education and training scheme that uses carpentry and joinery to engage young people, and excite them about learning, life after school and their role and potential in the workplace.

Interim Chief Executive of YMCA West Kent, Steve Osborne, said: “Our merger has followed careful consideration of the strategic objectives of both our Associations. By West Kent becoming a branch of YMCA Thames Gateway, we have the potential to grow our work whilst continuing to provide residential support and other services to the communities we have served for the past 30 years.”

The merger will be official from Thursday 1 April and it’s important to note that service users won’t experience any change in the way things operate.

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EASTER SCHEDULE & OPENING (ROMFORD)

FITNESS (digital schedule only)

Good Friday:

  • Schedule as normal

Bank Holiday Monday:

  • Rehab with Kim is cancelled. All other classes as per schedule.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES (Holiday Club only)

Good Friday & Bank Holiday Monday:

  • Closed. Holiday Club starts on Tuesday, 6 April

RESTAURANT (YMCA residents only)

Good Friday:

  • Breakfast from 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Dinner from 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Bank Holiday Monday:

  • Breakfast from 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Dinner from 4.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Due to reopen to the public on 17 May 2021

 

 

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YMCATG’s Community Response

YMCA DELIVERS HAMPERS AND GIFTS TO THOSE IN NEED FOR CHRISTMAS

YMCA Thames Gateway have been working hard to distribute hampers and gifts to those in need over the festive period.  The charity, which serves some of the most vulnerable members of the community in Greenwich, Romford and Dartford, is providing essential hampers for families facing food poverty.  They are also providing gifts for the young people they support and those experiencing isolation.

YMCA ran a number of fundraising initiatives, including a community crowdfunding campaign calling on the local community for support.  The campaign raised over £1000 and a number of organisations including Bericote Powerhouse, National Grid, Woolwich Rotary, Kent Community Foundation and Dartford Lions also donated over £10,000 between them.

Hampers which are filled with staple items such as cereal and pasta as well as treats including Christmas puddings, mince pies and chocolates, and gifts will be distributed this week, as follows:

Royal Borough of Greenwich: gifts for residents/children, 116 family hampers including gifts for children

Bexley: gifts for nursery children

Dartford: gifts for nursery and after school club children, gifts for residents/children, 150 family hampers including gifts for children

Romford: gifts for residents, gifts for nursery and after school club children, gifts for Senior Citizens and members with serious health conditions

YMCA Thames Gateway’s Fundraising Manager, Emma Middleton said: “we have been providing support to vulnerable members of the community since the start of the pandemic and have seen a sharp rise in families needing our support, particularly in the last few days with 15 children being referred just this weekend!

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign or volunteered to pack and deliver gifts for their support at this difficult time. It has been amazing to see our community pull together in this way.”

If you would like to make a donation to the charity, visit: https://ymcatg.org/donate/

YMCA Thames Gateway operates across several boroughs including Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Dartford, Greenwich, Bexley and Ashford. As a local charity, YMCA Thames Gateway has been serving the community for over 130 years. Whilst their focus is on young people, they work with all members of the community in the belief that everyone should be able to reach their full potential, regardless of their background.

Find out more about YMCA Thames Gateway at www.ymcatg.org.

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