My first Sleepout event

This months Blog post has been written by Isabelle, our Fundraiser: “This year, I helped organise and host my very first Sleepout with the fantastic fundraising & comms team at YMCA Burton. As I’m also relatively new to the organisation, there’s still a lot of scope to learn and develop on my journey in fundraising, […]

Celebrating our 15th year of Sleepout

As I am writing this blog the late summer heatwave has ended and it is certainly getting colder and rainier.  Over the 15 years we have held Sleepout we have had all kinds of weather – from the dry and unseasonably mid, the foggy one, the one where the rain came in horizontally and we […]

‘Timing is everything, and God’s timing is not always the same as our timing.’

Our CEO Paul Laffey was honoured to give the Opening devotion at this years YMCA England and Wales National Conference at Nottingham. Paul, who is also a member of the National Board drew inspiration from Stormzy’s “Blinded by Your Grace Pt2” to highlight the challenges faced by young people and communities, emphasizing the importance of resilience and […]

Joy comes in the morning

A blog by our Chaplain, Grace:   As we journey through Lent this year, there are so many aspects of the final journey of Christ that comes to my mind.  One aspect that always hits me is the kiss of betrayal that Judas gives Jesus. Mark 14:44-47 says, Now the betrayer had arranged a signal […]

The Foodbank

For the Fundraising and comms team at YMCA Burton the last quarter of the year is always super busy. As usual we are planning Sleepout and Christmas Campaign and 2022 was no different, what was different was the fact we got to go and meet so many people and collect donations in person. Something we […]

My reflections from World Council, by Andy

In July, Andy, our Operations manager went to Denmark for the YMCA World Council. They had an amazing time meeting lots of other YMCAs and listening to a fun-packed programme of speakers and attending events. Here is Andy’s write-up: Denmark was an amazing place. It was very clean, organised and everyone I met was just […]

Volunteering on Outreach

Outreach is a vital service that enables us to find people who are sleeping rough in Burton and across East Staffordshire. Rough sleepers tend to bed down late at night and then leave quite early in the morning to avoid being found or spotted. Our team go out early in the morning to try and […]

YMCA Burton’s new Youth Ambassador

YMCA Burton are so pleased to announce we have a new Youth Ambassador called Craig. For those of you who don’t know, YMCA’s across the country look for inspiring young people who are aged 18 to 30 to join the YMCA Youth Ambassador programme. These might be residents, volunteers or staff and during this wonderful […]

Brewers in Ghana Team 2022 – My African Adventure by Lee

Brewers in Ghana Team 2022 – My African Adventure by Lee   I was delighted to be selected to join the Burton Albion Community Trust trip to Ghana which was generously sponsored by Richard Winterton Auctioneers. After a very early start and several flights later we arrived in Accra in Ghana late in the evening […]

Stop, Look and Listen

This months guest blog has been written by Grace, our Chaplain   STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN As I write this, I hear war and rumours of war! I see millions of people being displaced out of their homes due to war, not just in Ukraine but all over the world.  Millions have lost the comfort […]