Chamber president ready to tackle London Marathon

The president of Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce is finally set to achieve his goal of running the London Marathon this weekend, to raise funds for a charity based in the Royal Town. Phil Arkinstall (pictured), who is also the CEO of video production firm Ark Media, originally planned to run the marathon last April…



YMCA Sutton Coldfields Acting Chief Executive leaves to take up new role

We are very sad to announce that YMCA Sutton Coldfield’s Acting Chief Executive Stephanie Patrick will be leaving our charity today to take up a new post. Stephanie started with the organisation as a youth worker 20 years ago, quickly progressing to Deputy CEO, and more recently Acting CEO. She leaves the charity in a…



A Message from Christopher Pincher – Exhibition at Shenstone Station

The Friends of Shenstone Station 1884 Group is exhibiting some vibrant artwork done by members of YMCA Sutton Coldfield. The bold canvases are all on the theme of mental health, particularly young men and mental health. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 07.00 to 10.00 every day, but can be viewed through the…



Meet Our Friends of Shenstone Station 1884

I would like to introduce you to our recent addition to the Station Adopters Group on the Cross City North. The Friends of Shenstone Station 1884 who were formed earlier this year and are aptly named after the year in which the station was built, currently the group is made up by four local volunteers:…



Sutton Coldfield YMCA raises more than £15,000 with sleep easy event

Members of the YMCA Sutton Coldfield spent a night sleeping outdoors or in sheds, garages, or conservatories, to raise money for the charity. Businesses also got involved to help raise funds for the YMCA, which helps change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged young people in the town and surrounding areas. Stephanie Patrick,…



YMCA pays tribute to Lord Frank Judd

It is with great sadness that YMCA learns of the passing of Lord Frank Judd. He was an extraordinary man who achieved significant changes to the injustices he saw around him. Passionate about the potential of young people, he was the President of YMCA for almost a decade between 1996 and 2005. The entire YMCA…



HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

On behalf of YMCA Scotland, YMCA Ireland, and YMCA England & Wales: “The YMCA family across all four nations is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “The Duke gave his life to service, and his passion for transforming the lives of young people through…



Comic Relief 2021: Mentor for young men shares bullying struggle

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…