Day in the life of a Lodging Scheme Manager

What I like about working for the Somerset West Lodging Scheme is that every day is different I am responding to the changing needs of the landlords, yet there are some activities that may be typical in the day of a Lodging Scheme Manager. Every landlord is unique and I enjoy getting to know them…



A day in the life of a support enabler

It’s been amazing how our community has come together in these uncertain times, this includes, Morrison’s, and the salvation army for their kind donations of food to name just a few, this has enabled us to make sure no one goes hungry. Prior to lockdown we would have the fortnight community meal at the Beach…



All about: Paul, our Volunteer Outreach Worker

I’m Paul, I’m a volunteer with the homelessness team at YMCA Weston-super-Mare. I have been a volunteer for a year now but my whole family have been regular visitors of the YMCA for over 2 years and we all benefit a lot from our engagement with the centre.



YMCA Lockdown Challenge!

Calling all artists, musicians, singers, knitters, photographers, poets and more! We would like YOU to show off your talents in our June Lockdown Challenge for a chance to win a £30 voucher! Our Lockdown Challenge is an opportunity to illustrate your thoughts and feelings during the recent UK “lockdown”. Submissions can range from writing a…



A day in the Life as a Youth Worker

A day in the Life as a Youth Worker It takes a village to raise a child We love the premise that an entire community of people can interact with children in order for them to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. By community, this can include parents, siblings, neighbours, teachers, government,…



Garden Bug Hunt

Take advantage of the great weather this half term and go for a garden bug hunt! The wildlife in our very own gardens is very busy this time of year, and there’s so much to see if you get close enough! What will you need? Bug boxes or clear containers are really useful for holding…



5 ways to take care of your Mental Health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 so we’ve spoken to some of the YMCA DG team to come up with 5 ways you can take care of your own mental health. Mindfulness Mindfulness is a way of being present or ‘in the moment’, using techniques like meditation. This technique helps us to become more aware…



How to budget in 5 easy steps

How to budget in 5 easy steps Do you always feel like your money disappears? Do you get to the end of the month and think where did all my money go? This often happens to some of us if we’re not careful. If you’re feeling like this, it might be worth sitting down and…



Bake! A Cake in a Mug!

  Watch the video:   Fancy a sweet treat that takes minutes to make? Take a look at Lead Youth Worker, May’s delicious ‘Cake in a Mug’ recipe! Serves: 1 Ingredients: 4 tablespoons self-raising flour 4 tablespoons caster sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or hot chocolate powder 1 egg 3 tablespoons of milk 2 tablespoons…



What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 or coronavirus is an illness that can affect the lungs and airways. COVID-19 has symptoms similar to the flu. In almost all cases people will not die from having coronavirus.