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 […]

YMCA Burton 135

This year, our YMCA celebrates 135 years of service to our community.   135 years! To give you a context of that time, Queen Victoria was on the throne and construction of Tower Bridge was just beginning.   When YMCA first started in Burton-on-Trent, our first office was on Union Street. In the early 1900s […]

More of the same, please.

This months blog has been written by Peter O’Reilly, our Mediation Officer So, 2022 is here and we are looking forward to continuing to provide our mediation support to families.  Our three volunteer mediators and myself are all looking forward to being allowed to assist as teenagers and parents / carers work together to find […]

The Christmas to-do list

This months Blog is by Grace, our Chaplain here at YMCA Burton.   As I drive around doing my rounds as a chaplain, I ask myself, what am I expecting or looking for this Christmas?  Or perhaps, I am not looking for anything or even expecting anything at all.  As I was just beginning to […]

Winning YMCA of the Year

Words by CEO Paul Laffey:     The Youth Matters Awards are hosted annually by YMCA England & Wales.  These prestigious awards celebrate local YMCAs and the work they do within their local communities.  There are 101 YMCAs working across 740 Communities in England & Wales. This year, Burton YMCA was nominated for three top […]

Getting ready for the Sleepout

Sleepout is happening this month!   On the 29th October, over 100 people (hopefully) will be either sleeping at Pirelli Stadium or joining us virtually.   This will be Burton YMCAs 13th Sleepout and this will be the 6th one I’ve been involved in. It’s always a busy but exciting time. The sign-ups, the stories […]