The Junction – Centre Closure Nov 2020

Dear All Following the Government announcement on Saturday 31 October 2020, we regret to inform you that The Junction will be closing for four weeks from Thursday 5 November 2020. We do hope to open once again on Thursday 3 December 2020, we shall keep all our Members/Users updated via email, social media and our…



Local Collaboration At Its Best!

When The Poole Grammar School took up the national call for additional and much needed Personal Protective Equipment, by utilising what they had in their Design Technology area, they came across one obstacle…Boxes! Boxes to store and deliver their self-made PPE Masks to local Surgeries, Care Homes and the YMCA. This is where YMCA Bournemouth/Poole…



YMCAB European Volunteers – Newsletter V1

We are a group of European volunteers doing our placement in different departments of YMCA Bournemouth. Now, as many people around the world, we are working from home and can perfectly understand that time is passing slowly and we need something fun to occupy ourselves during the day. We’ve been working so hard in some…



Update message from our Chief Executive

The YMCA has been serving people in this local community for over 140 years. Those who have gone before us lived through economic crashes, epidemics and wars; and we are all now called upon in this generation to serve humanity with that same compassion, hope, faith and dignity. We continue to draw upon the inspiration…



The Junction – Centre Update

Following the Government’s decision on Friday 20 March 2020, we have closed The Junction Sports & Leisure Centre until further notice. The Junction Sports & Leisure Centre is a YMCA managed facility. We will continue to focus on and communicate with our service users/members via all platforms. Our invaluable employees will be fully supported, and we will as…



Improve your Skills with this Practical Excel Course

Nowadays, everyone needs to know how to use the computer. However there are still almost a quarter (24.3%) of adults can’t use the computer (World Economic Forum, 2017). On top of this, only 5% of the population have reached the most proficient level of computer knowledge. Excel is an essential tool for the workplace, as…



Over £30k raised to combat homelessness at YMCA Bournemouth’s Big Sleep Easy

In the biggest ever event of its type in Dorset, on Saturday 16th November over 160 individuals, businesses and community organisations came together at the YMCA Bournemouth Big Sleep Easy to raise funds to combat homelessness and awareness of the issue. On a night when temperatures reached minus two degrees, fundraisers slept outside at the…



Congratulations to our ‘Going the Extra Mile’ (GEM) Award winners!

A belated congratulations to the three staffmembers who won our ‘Going the Extra Mile’ (GEM) Award for their contributions to the ongoing success of YMCA Bournemouth. The winners were Kerry Smith, the manager of Teddy’s Pre School; Rosie Wingrove, a relief practitioner at the YMCA Bournemouth Child Contact Centre; and Laura Giles, the manager of YMCA Lifewise Gym, Bournemouth and YMCA…



HealthBus drop-in clinic for the homeless, supported by YMCA Bournemouth, receives £50,000 Nationwide Community Grant

This summer, the HealthBus, a healthcare outreach service for rough sleepers operated by Boscombe’s Providence Surgery and supported by YMCA Bournemouth, received significant recognition of the value of its work when it was awarded a grant of £47,993 from the Nationwide Community Grants programme. The money will fund GP costs, insurance, nursing salary, drug/alcohol and…



YMCA celebrates 175 years!

YMCAs across the country celebrated on Thursday 6 June 2019 to mark 175 years since 22 year-old draper George Williams joined 11 friends to organise the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets of London. That…