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Doing our bit for the Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing

In conjunction with 4CT Limited and the Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing which takes place from 2nd July – 15th July, YMCA Manchester is pleased to extend the following exciting offer:

We will be holding a YMCA Manchester Meet and Greet event on the 13th July (11am – 2pm), where a free gourmet buffet style brunch will be on offer (see menu below)

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This event is open to people over 50 who want to know more about what YMCA Manchester has to offer, and will include inspirational speakers:

Dr Deborah Maw – Living outside the box

Ken Sharples – How to be the best you can be

Nicole Joseph –  Physical Health and wellbeing

Several of our long standing Y Club gym members, many of whom have been enjoying coming to our gym for over 40 years will also be present to welcome attendees, share stories and socialise.

The first 25 people to register for the event will receive a free 10 day pass to our Y Club gym, this gets you full access to the gym, classes, stream room and the swimming pool*

Ultimately, this event is about how YOU can be part of the YMCA family. We are an inclusive supportive community that has been part of the city for over 170 years and we would like to extend our reach.

To book your brunch place please contact info@castlefield-hotel.co.uk

*Once all free gym passes have been allocated we will have a discounted rate available on the day (£7.50 instead of £10.00). Enquire at membership@yclub.org.uk

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Junior Y call for volunteers!

The YClub is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to support our Junior Y programme on Saturday mornings.

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March YMCA Manchester news

Take a look at our latest newsletter here:

Your March Y Club news

 

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Your February YMCA Manchester news

Find out what we have been up to this month across YMCA Manchester, including exciting new challenge events and volunteer opportunities!

https://mailchi.mp/53b39227d663/your-february-y-club-news?e=1b567614b0

 

 

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Will Clinic returns

On Tuesday 6th March we will be holding our second free Will Clinic at the Castlefield Hotel.

Forming an integral part of our new YMCA Legacy campaign, we have partnered with Sharp Cross & Mann Solicitors who have agreed to kindly waive their usual fees and donate their time and expertise to support the event.

legal hand penThe event is open to all staff, friends and family, members, and the general public. However, you will need to pre-book an appointment slot to be seen by the solicitor on the day.

We have five places available that qualify for a free will, so it is first come first served. (After the free Will allocation is filled, discounted Wills at £75 each (inc VAT) for the next 5 people leaving legacies to the YMCA will be offered).

If you are interested in taking part then simply follow these easy steps:

Please contact our legacies team

via info@ymcamanchester.org.uk or call 0161 837 3510 to make your appointment. (Appointments will last 30 minutes, during which you can discuss your situation with the solicitor who will draft your will accordingly.)

Consider Leaving a legacy

Gifts in Wills known as legacies are a vital source of funding for YMCA Manchester. These gifts help our Youth and Community Team provide health and wellbeing opportunities and inclusive accredited training and education for vulnerable young people locally. There is no obligation to leave a gift to YMCA Manchester in your will, but if you would like to then Sharp Cross & Mann can help.

Make a donation if you wish to do so

The cost of a Will can be in the region of £100, and at the end of your appointment your solicitor will provide you with a YMCA Manchester Supporter envelope.  This is your opportunity to directly impact our work by making a donation of your choice entirely at your discretion.

If you require any further information please come and speak to us in the Youth and Community office, or visit www.ymcamanchester.org.uk/legacy

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Will Clinic 7th November

On Tuesday 7th November 2017, we will be holding our first ever Will Clinic at YMCA Manchester

Forming an integral part of our new YMCA Legacy campaign, we have partnered with Sharp Cross & Mann Solicitors who have agreed to kindly waive their usual fees and donate their time and expertise to support the event.

 

If you are interested in taking part then simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Please contact our legacies team via info@ymcamanchester.org.uk or call 0161 837 3515 to make your appointment.

 

  1. Appointments will last 30 minutes, during which you can discuss your situation with the solicitor who will draft your will accordingly

 

  1. Consider Leaving a legacy

 

Gifts in Wills known as legacies are a vital source of funding for YMCA Manchester. These gifts help our Youth and Community Team provide health and wellbeing opportunities and inclusive accredited training and education for vulnerable young people locally. There is no obligation to leave a gift to YMCA Manchester in your will but if you would like to then Sharp Cross & Mann can help.

 

  1. Make a donation if you wish to do so

Finally, at the end of your appointment the solicitor will give you a YMCA Manchester Supporter envelope.  This is your opportunity to directly impact our work by making a donation of your choice.

 

We look forward to welcoming you on the 7th November

 

Thank you for your support

YMCA Manchester

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#IAMWHOLE 2017 is here!

Our #IAMWHOLE campaign with the NHS is changing the conversation around mental health because more than 4 in 5 young people have heard negative language and stereotypes – and it’s stopping them from speaking out and seeking help.

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Get ready for #IAMWHOLE 2017!

On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, the NHS, YMCA and young people from around the world will come together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help.

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, World YMCA Secretary General, encouraged young people to get involved with the #IAMWHOLE campaign.

“Through our #IAMWHOLE campaign we are providing young people with a platform to speak out on the biggest health issue affecting them right now. Our very own One Million Voices research found that more than a third of young people are lacking the information they want and need on mental health.”

Poor mental health is costing more and more children and young people their education, their employment prospects and, without action, it is costing them their lives.

Help the NHS and YMCA make an impact in challenging the harmful language surrounding mental health.

You can prepare for World Mental Health Day in a number of ways:

  1. Sign up to the #IAMWHOLE Thunderclap campaign that will send out a single united message speaking out against mental health stigma on World Mental Health Day. (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62192-iamwhole-2017)
  2. On the day, Tuesday 10 October, post an #IAMWHOLE selfie (see below).
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  1. Take part in our creative arts competition. Paint a self-portrait, write a poem, record a song or produce something creative that expresses an emotion, i.e. smiling, laughing, crying, sadness, etc.

 

The competition will launch on Tuesday 10 October and submissions should be received no later than Friday 20 October by either emailing iamwhole@ymca.org.uk or posting to: IAMWHOLE competition, YMCA England & Wales, 10-11 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6EH. Submissions will be featured online and the winner will receive £100 (€100) vouchers. Full T&Cs can be found at www.ymca.org.uk/competitions.

How to take the #IAMWHOLE selfie

  1. Picking a thick coloured pen that you feel reflects your current feelings or state of mind.
  2. Draw the #IAMWHOLE circle on your left hand and hold it up to the camera, just like Ed Sheeran/[LOCAL CEO NAME/YOUNG PERSON. [EMBED ED SHEERAN/CEO/YOUNG PERSON PHOTO BELOW]
  3. Take a landscape photo and post it on Tuesday 10 October accompanied by some words about why you are supporting #IAMWHOLE, for example, “I’m speaking out against harmful language around mental health with the NHS/YMCA. Together, we are whole. #IAMWHOLE”

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Will Week is coming

As part of our supporter engagement journey, we are partnering with a local law firm to plan the relaunch of our Legacy and Individual Giving department.

As part of these developments we intend to hold a Free Will event for YClub members in the autumn (Dependent on numbers, Date TBC)

If this is something you feel is of interest then please get in touch: info@ymcamanchester.org.uk

WILL WEEK TEASER SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMER17

YMCA Manchester will also be joining online conversations as part of ‘Remember a charity in your will week’ on 11th – 17th September

If you are an old or new member with a particularly strong affiliation to YMCA Manchester, then we would love you to get involved. #Haveyoursay

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Mental Health Champions starts this week

We are extremely excited to visit Salford City Academy on Friday to launch our Mental Health Champions initiative.

YMCA Mental Health Champions is a comprehensive programme that aims to improve the mental health of young people aged 11 – 21.

This new programme offers three key services: Peer support programme in schools and the community Key adult education and awareness workshops and a Counselling service.

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By using three interconnected strands, the project helps to raise awareness and destigmatise mental health issues, offers a fully quality assured counselling service and improves the knowledge and support that key adults, including teachers and parents, can offer the young people they work with.

 

Peer Support

Our peer support element recruits, supports and trains young volunteers to become mental health champions. Our champions have access to six developed workshops, each focusing on different areas of mental health, increasing awareness, removing stigma and advising on easy to use coping strategies.

Key Adults

The programme offers four workshops to help key adults support the young people they come in to contact with. The workshops deal with topics such as anger, anxiety, depression and self-harm, offering practical advice on how they can begin the conversation with young people and also how their actions can help have a positive impact.

Counselling

We recognise that peer support services should be offered as well as and not instead of professional services. We also know that it can be very difficult to access publicly funded counselling services and so Mental Health Champions offers a counselling service to those young people who need additional help but do not meet the referral criteria for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

 

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