May


12

Noel discovers a passion for fitness at the YMCA

Aged just 9, Noel lost his mum. Some years later his relationship with his father broke down and Noel became homeless. By chance, Noel popped into his local Connexions centre for some advice. He was then referred to the YMCA in Romford. Jobless, Noel started volunteering in the gym and soon realised a passion for…

May


12

Michael triumphs through his setbacks

In 2008, aged just 17, Michael was struck down with an unknown virus that left him paralysed from the chest down and with a severe visual impairment. Michael had to adjust to life in a wheelchair and in order to build up his upper body strength and general fitness joined YMCA Thames Gateway’s gym. Michael became a familiar face in…

May


12

Claire goes from strength to strength through exercise

On a holiday to South Africa in 2007, Claire visited a women’s shelter that helped women and children that had suffered abuse.  Sadly the facility was in a poor state with rubbish stacked up everywhere. Up until this point Claire had been feeling quite low after the loss of her mother but witnessing for herself…

May


12

Our cancer referral programme is transforming lives

Claire is 44 years old and has two children, aged 13 and 10. She is a full time mum.  In February 2016, Claire was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The following April she had a single mastectomy and following that, radiotherapy. Prior to this diagnosis, Claire was struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome and had to take…

May


12

Stroke rehab programme transforming lives in the local community

Every week we provide specialist rehabilitation classes for people who are recovering from strokes, cancer and other life-limiting conditions. Leslie is a familiar face at our Romford hub and goes to the gym, seated rehab classes, and plays Boccia. Les aged 63, had a stroke three years ago which left him with very little movement…

May


12

Life changing cancer recovery programme for Derek

Derek aged 58, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. After time off work following surgery, Derek had put on weight and his Doctor recommended YMCATG’s Moving Forward Cancer Recovery Programme to help him get back on track again. The programme runs for 12 weeks and is free to anyone living in the area over the…

May


12

Youth work turning young lives like Jay’s around

Jay is 18 and lives in an Inner London estate renowned for anti-social behaviour.  As well as facing all of the pressures of a teenager, Jay is a young carer and has been caring for his mum for as long as he can remember.  His mum has Lupus, a serious condition where the body’s immune system…

May


12

#Payingitforward as a YMCA Youth Ambassador

Adele is 18 years old.  She enjoys working with children and regularly volunteers at a local charity shop.  As well as studying for A levels, Adele works for YMCA Romford part time as a birthday party host. Soon after she joined Adele heard that YMCA England and Wales were looking for young people to attend…

May


12

Young resident Wesley realises his own potential

Back in 2018, Wesley was living at home with his dad and his dad’s partner until their landlord increased the rent and they were forced to move to a smaller one-bedroom property. This meant that there was no room for Wesley. Homeless and with nowhere to go, Wesley had no choice but to sleep in…