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…

YMCAs across England unite for one mammoth virtual Sleep Easy event to raise money and awareness in aid of youth homelessness

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For the very first time, YMCAs from across England will come together to take part in a mammoth virtual Sleep Easy event on Friday March 26, with the aim of raising vital funds to help tackle the root causes of youth homelessness.   Stretching from Bristol to Northumberland, this year local YMCAs have decided to harness the power of collaboration…

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…

Giving Tree back for a second year

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The Giving Tree – a festive initiative launched by a sixth form pupil at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School – is returning to the Gracechurch Centre for a second year. Branching from an off-the-cuff comment in his Development Office interview last year, Upper Sixth student Elijah Nix set up the Giving Tree to spread some festive…

President’s effort pays off despite marathon cancellation

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The cancellation of this year’s London Marathon didn’t deter Sutton Coldfield Chamber president Phil Arkinstall in his bid to raise funds for YMCA Sutton Coldfield. Like many other runners, Phil was left disappointed when the marathon was cancelled due to the pandemic. But the managing director of video production firm Ark Media was determined not…

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…