Comic Relief 2021: Mentor for young men shares bullying struggle

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Reece was verbally and physically bullied throughout his teenage years, leaving him with depression and anxiety. Unable to confide in his friends and not wanting to worry his Mum, the 18-year-old from Birmingham felt there was nobody he could trust. Fortunately, Reece was able to start attending Virtually Minded, a programme run by the YMCA…

Chamber committee look to raise funds at Sleep Out

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Sutton Coldfield Chamber committee members are looking to raise funds and awareness for YMCA Sutton Coldfield, by taking part in a nationwide sleep out event. Chamber president, Phil Arkinstall (pictured), honorary chair Katie Hale, committee members Joanna Drinkwater and Clare Whalley will be taking  part in the Sleep Easy event, being hosted across the country,…

Agency steps up to support young carers

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With the second national lockdown ending this week, PLOTT Creative are stepping up to support local young carers in need. Instead of buying Christmas gifts for their clients, the brand and web Agency have instead bought Christmas care boxes for the YMCA Sutton Coldfield Young Carers Care Box appeal. The care boxes, which contain vital…

Christmas cheer for young carer heroes

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As the second national lockdown ends, PLOTT are stepping up to support local young carers in need. Instead of buying Christmas gifts for our clients, we’ve instead created Christmas care boxes for the YMCA Sutton Coldfield Young Carers Care Box appeal. The care boxes, which contain vital essentials as well as specially selected gifts and…

BBC Children in Need: Sutton Coldfield young carer helped

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Fourteen-year-old Ana is a young carer who helps her mother deal with mental health issues at home. The schoolgirl is supported by YMCA Sutton Coldfield which has received more than £103,000 from BBC Children in Need for a three-year project to help young carers. Staff provide advice and respite activities for people like Ana. …

Success for Sofa Surfers

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Forced to think creatively in the Covid-19 crisis, local children’s charity YMCA Sutton Coldfield switched its annual Sleep Out to a Sofa Surf in its first virtual fundraising event last Friday night. The Chamber of Commerce’s Chosen Charity which has been in Sutton since 1900 is no stranger to having to adapt; during the first…

Resourceful charity switches Sleep Easy to Sofa Surf

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In the lead up to their biggest fundraising event of the year, local charity YMCA Sutton Coldfield is refusing to give in to COVID19, showing resilience and resourcefulness by switching their planned Sleep Easy to a Sofa Surf. Faced with events outside their control, the charity have stepped up to the challenge and are going…

Solicitors Swap Beds for Boxes

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Local Solicitors firm Ansons are joining dozens of local Chamber businesses to sleep rough for the night in support of local children’s charity YMCA Sutton Coldfield. A total of 21 staff members are joining Team Ansons for the challenge and swapping their beds for boxes on Friday 27th March to raise awareness and funds to…