Landsec donates surplus IT devices to help combat youth homelessness via LandAid

Leading UK real estate company LANDSEC are putting sustainability and technology reuse into action by donating three full roll-cages of surplus IT devices to be refurbished and given –away to LandAid’s charities supporting the homeless. Landsec create places that make a lasting positive contribution to communities and the planet.  This latest initiative is testament to…



New skills for young people help to generate charity income

Giving old furniture a new lease of life has become an incredibly popular hobby for a lot of people. However, upcycling also provides a fantastic learning and development opportunity for young people. The West Kent branch of YMCA Thames Gateway group runs an Upcycling Centre which provides training for young people in upcycling skills, working…



Charity delivers essential food packages to families in time for Christmas

YMCA Romford received a large donation of food boxes from Kitchen Social, a programme funded by the Mayor of London that addresses the growing issue of food insecurity, during the Christmas holidays. The food, which was distributed to families who attend the charity’s holiday club in the run up to Christmas, was a hit with…



‘On-track’ five-year plan to tackle homelessness in Havering praised

Havering is on track to deliver its five-year plan to tackle homelessness, according to the man in charge of the strategy. Cllr Joshua Chapman said despite the “dramatic rise in homelessness” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the borough expects to deliver on the objectives in its Prevention of Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy. The council’s efforts…



Member engagement forum feedback

Here’s our response to the feedback Romford gym members gave at the November Member Engagement Forum:   Some of the rebounders need replacing and have got tears in them. Is it possible to replace them, please? We’re trying to get replacement skirts for the rebounders – this is proving incredibly difficult but we are on…



Christmas campaigns and events

Make it a December to remember! The past 19 months have been incredibly challenging and with rising inflation and cuts to universal credit, this year will be difficult for many people. Last year we were able to provide 2,259 presents to the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities, thanks to the generosity of…



West Ham coaches visit YMCA Romford holiday club

On Tuesday 26th October, the Daggers Community Trust joined with West Ham Foundation to help two groups of young people from the local area find many ways to have a good time through fun multisport and educational activity. The coaches were joined by Officers from the Metropolitan Police TSG in the sports hall of the…



Celebrating Black History Month

Noel is #proudtobe a Gym Instructor for YMCATGG. He is also a fantastic advocate for YMCA and has been a Youth Ambassador, a Change Agent and a mentor to aspiring young YMCA leaders. Noel has recently become a mentor for 100 Black Men of London, a youth organisation dedicated to education, economic development, health & wellbeing…