YMCA East Surrey
YMCA East Surrey has had an exceptional year of growth. Our inclusive services now support over 14,000 local people helping the whole community to belong, contribute and thrive.
Building work started on our Inclusive Sports Facility after six years of planning and three years of fundraising. This is due to be completed by October, enabling us to offer more health and wellbeing services to people with disabilities and health conditions (those most at risk of being inactive). Over £2.5 million has been raised, including £495,000 from our fundraising challenge events. Last year, 2,872 people took part in these events to raise money for us.
We supported 552 adults with long term health conditions or disabilities to manage their symptoms through physical activity. Our Boccia team qualified for the National Finals in June 2018 and one of our players came top in their classification (BC1) in the Heathcote Cup.
Our disability play and youth schemes expanded from one to five boroughs across Surrey and West Sussex. These schemes not only provide fun trips and activities, they help parents and carers take a short break.
Our Heads Together youth counselling service now delivers workshops in schools and to parents in addition to the free one-to-one counselling provided to 789 young people.
WAVES youth group opened three new drop-in sessions offering more safe places for young people to talk about their emotional wellbeing. LifeWorks training/activity days for young people with disabilities became a self-sustaining project after initial funding ceased. 152 young people currently learn sports, arts and life skills.
We purchased YMCA Hillbrook House, enabling us to continue providing supported accommodation for around 70 young homeless people every year. We extended our free NextStep rent deposit scheme with help from our local authority, securing private sector tenancies and preventing homelessness for 87 families.