eNews 05/20


Community Comes Together to Support Our Provision 
We have been overwhelmed by the incredible response to our emergency appeal to help our services under threat due to the lockdown. Since 26 April, you have been running, cycling, walking, skipping and more, in aid of our services – raising over £7,500 in just 3 weeks! We would like to deeply thank everyone who has supported us with their efforts and donations. Giving us another major boost has been Sport England, who have awarded us £10,000 from their Covid-19 emergency fund. This now takes us much closer to our £26,000 target. There is just over one week left, so there’s still time to join in or donate if you can. Click here to start. We’ve also made a video showing 26 reasons why your support truly makes a difference and why every penny raised helps. Thank you!
 Watch here 


Cardiac rehab group stay fit via Zoom & WhatsApp sessions
One of our fantastic fitness instructors, Suzanne Sanderson, has been ensuring our cardiac rehabilitation users are keeping active at home. Suzanne has been providing support through Zoom and via WhatsApp to this vulnerable group, for whom keeping active during lockdown is vitally important. The social element to our cardiac club is also very important for our members, so Suzanne has even been organising weekly quiz nights over Zoom. Well done Suzanne!
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Discovery College launches Virtual Open Day for Year 11s
Right now is especially difficult for Year 11 students, not least because of disruption to exams and not being in school at such a critical time. The Discovery College team has been working hard to ensure they are still on hand to answer any questions from prospective students. They’ve also released a playlist on Youtube giving a look into life on our courses, even though students aren’t able to visit in person. One local school leader said: “The videos are absolutely brilliant – informative, personal and fun.”Watch the playlist here   

Ex-Discovery College student talks about her role on the Covid-19 frontline
It is an extraordinary time for those working in Health & Social Care. Recently, we interviewed one of our ex-Health & Social Care students from Discovery College, Millie Wheeler, to get an insight into her current role. Millie is now a Health Care Assistant at Mount Gould Hospital. In the interview, she talks about the challenges she’s currently facing and offers advice to young people considering a career in Health & Social Care.You can watch her full interview here. 


Meet the young trustee lending a youthful perspective to YMCA
We would like to take a moment to introduce you to our newest and youngest trustee, Tom Buttriss. Tom is currently a Plymouth University International Business student and is a graduate of Discovery College.A brilliant addition to the team, Tom will be leading our International partnerships work, as well as offering his younger perspective. As a youth-focused charity, he is a great asset to the organisation in terms of his skills and perspective.Tom was also recently featured in the latest Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce magazine, detailing his journey ‘From BTEC to Boardroom’.
Read the article here


Vulnerable children kept active thanks to youth worker Dan
In our last newsletter, we mentioned our Youth Worker, Dan, who is currently supporting vulnerable children and those of keyworkers in Plymouth’s Primary schools. We caught up with him to ask how he’s been getting on, Dan said: “It’s been a privilege to provide lessons for the children of key workers at this time. Some of the children are understandably a bit anxious about everything going on, but myself and the great teachers I have the pleasure of working with have made sure they really enjoy their time in school.”One parent also said: “My little boy loves Dan and always says it’s his favourite day of the week at school when he visits.” 

Centre Update
As per the recent Government announcement, our centre will not reopen, until the earliest, 4th July. We would like to assure all our members that we are currently working extremely hard to ensure that when we are able to reopen, we will do so in a way that puts users health & safety first. Once we have complete confidence of this and the government guidelines allow, we truly look forward to welcoming you back. Once again, we would like to remind you that all packages and direct debits have been frozen and will remain so until we reopen.

In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to stay active, check out our ‘Keeping Fit in Lockdown’ series on Facebook, which now has over 25 free instructional videos from our fitness team.

We hope all our members are staying safe & healthy and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again. Don’t forget you can still stay connected with us by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.