My experience: from William Collier to independent housing

In 2016, I was placed in emergency accommodation, having been without stable housing for over 3 years. I was there for 4 months, then referred to YMCA William Collier House in December, 2016. At that time, I frequently had suicidal feelings and acted on these impulses on several occasions. I felt isolated and hopeless. Seeing […]

Young professional versed in working with vulnerable women joins TEAM EVOLVE

Here at Brighton YMCA we are extremely proud of our fantastic staff. This is why we have started a series of postings to celebrate our staff – follow us at #BehindTheScenes on Twitter. Today we would like to introduce Isabelle Carpenter. She is, together with Rose, our  newly recruited EVOLVE Coach. Here is a little […]

YMCA Evolve is joined by successful choreographer

Meet Rose Ryan, a new Coach at our new service; EVOLVE: Education, Volunteering, Vocational training, Employment support. Rose comes from a dance and education background. As well as working at Brighton YMCA, Rose is also a freelance movement direction practitioner with ARTSED, has an MA in Movement from the Royal Central School of Speech and […]

YMCA Brighton celebrate Restorative Justice Brighton’s certified Training Award by Minister

We are excited to celebrate an important milestone for the Restorative Justice Practice initiative in Brighton and Hove. Julie Desborough, Deputy Manager of Leslie Best House and Anita, Project worker at Fred Emery Court, attended the Restorative Justice Council held at the British Airways i360 on 15th March 2018. The event brought together Police and Crime […]

YMCA residents enjoy weekly yoga sessions

William Collier House residents have recently started to benefit from yet another healthy minds in healthy bodies project. Yoga teacher Kate volunteered her time to teach yoga in the newly refurbished downstairs studio, on the YMCA premises. The first session was relaxed but intensive in learning. Those involved learnt the snake pose, child’s pose and […]

Successful Move on Fair brings community and YMCA residents together

On Friday, 23rd February, Julia Daniels (Move on Coordinator, GWC), Abigail Bryant (STAR worker) and Nick Levett (Move on Coordinator, WCH) hosted a ‘Move on Fair’ at George Williams Centre. Many representatives from a wide range of housing and work and learning related agencies attended, including Brighton and Hove City Council supported housing, social and seniors’ housing as […]

MAKE CHANGE COUNT – Help us help others

We are proud to announce that we have joined MAKE CHANGE COUNT, a Brighton and Hove initiative raising awareness of charity and rough sleeping. We are aligning ourselves with Brighton and Hove City Council, ClockTower Sanctuary, Sussex NightStop, Antifreeze, BHT, StMungos and Equinox in asking people to help rough sleepers by donating to recognised organisations […]

Brighton YMCA Ultramarathon runner is raising funds for Indian charity

Brighton YMCA project worker Shawn Timmons has decided to raise funds for newly set up charity Indian Futures this year. Shawn’s challenge is an ultramarathon. Here is what he said about it: ‘Life is always about making the best of what you have, and having personally overcome many challenges, a chronic illnesses and adversity in […]