November Newsletter 2020

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Our doors are opening once again!

We are pleased to confirm that from next week our centre will reopen to most services. On Wednesday 2nd December our gym and fitness classes will resume, and on Thursday 3rd December we will be welcoming back our Discovery College students after 2 weeks of virtual lessons. We kindly ask everyone to please continue doing their bit to keep everyone safe by following our covid-secure measures.

Fitness members can find out more about what the new tier 2 guidelines mean for our services on our website.

We thank you for your patience and support during this second lockdown period, and once again we can’t wait to see you soon!

Virtual Bingo Night on 11th December @ 7.30pm

Back by popular demand, we are hosting our second official Virtual Bingo Night! Why not hang out with your friends or family virtually for this fun-filled evening of bingo that will be packed with lots of great prizes. 

All proceeds raised will help support vital services at YMCA Plymouth. Plus, there’s also an optional “Christmas jumper contest” on the night too!

For more details and how to sign up click here.

Changing room refurb gets the go-ahead

We are very excited to announce that the refurbishment of our main men’s and women’s changing rooms and toilets has now been given the green light. This is thanks to your fundraising efforts from last year added with a recent Sport England grant we have been awarded. We know updating these facilities has been requested by members for a long time and we’re sure you will love the new changes on the way.

Works are due to commence this January.

Discovery College students support Children In Need and honour Remembrance

This month saw our Discovery College students undertake a fantastic fundraising endeavour for Children In Need, completing multiple challenges and games to raise money in aid of the annual charity event. Students also paid their respects for Remembrance and made tributes to the Poppy Appeal through craft activities and observing a minute’s silence. Thank you to all those involved!

YMCA Campaign gets support in Parliament

This week the Chancellor announced that promised funding for youth services will begin to be released, in order to help support local services for young people. This was in part thanks to a campaign led by the national YMCA movement to hold the Government to their original promise. Our CEO was one of many other YMCA CEOs around the country that lobbied local MPs for this commitment and clarity. While many details are still pending, this news was very much welcomed.

Is someone close becoming a stranger?

With young people spending increasing amounts of time online, the dangers of radicalisation are only becoming greater. Discovery College has partnered with the ACT Early campaign to help raise awareness of where to go if you have concerns someone may be falling victim to radicalisation. If you have a concern or would like to find out more, visit the ACT Early website.