Championing the Homeless: Cheltenham’s Sleep Easy 2024

Introduction In the heart of Gloucestershire, the Sleep Easy 2024 event in Cheltenham shone a light on the community’s unyielding spirit, rallying unprecedented support for one of society’s most pressing issues: homelessness.  This initiative went beyond the mere act of fundraising; it provided a poignant, immersive experience that invited the community to deeply engage with…



YMCA Cheltenham AGM and Celebration Evening

Cheltenham’s YMCA held a celebration on the 20th September, opening their doors to guests and the community, to honour 167 years of the annual meeting. To build the atmosphere of the exciting evening, BeanBaker, a local band - played live music. As Indie tunes drifted through the air, many people followed suit and gathered in...



YMCA Cheltenham on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

YMCA Cheltenham is one of the oldest and largest providers of specialised housing in Gloucestershire. We provide more than 1,750 beds per week, including supported accommodation for people affected by homelessness and those requiring a helping hand before living independently in the community. Head of Operations, David Kinghorn, was recently interviewed by Rakhee Gogna from...



Congratulations to YMCA Cheltenham Football Club

On Sunday the 25th of June, players from YMCA Cheltenham FC congregated at the Gloucester City Football ground to play rival team Man v Fat. The YMCA Cheltenham Football Team is made up of residents and staff from across our Cheltenham and Gloucester sites. The game was played in honour of Morgan Brick, who sadly...



YMCA Cheltenham joins StreetVet Accredited Hostel Scheme

YMCA Cheltenham has recently been awarded pet-friendly accreditation by National charity StreetVet as a part of the StreetVet Accredited Hostel Scheme. With only 10% of UK hostel projects currently accepting pets, and fewer than 7% of pet owners experiencing homelessness willing to give up their dog in exchange for accommodation, the scheme aims to eliminate...



Joseph Main CEO Visits Number 10 Downing Street

Joseph Main, our Chief Executive, was invited this week to Number 10 Downing Street in order to attend a special reception for Local Charity Champions. Nominated by Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, Joseph attended the event hosted by Rt. Hon. Stuart Andrew MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The...



Sleep Easy 2023 – Sleeping Rough So Others Don’t Have To

On Friday 3rd March, twenty-three amazing fundraisers from across our local communities gathered at the YMCA Cheltenham Sports Centre to help raise vital money and awareness to support people at risk of homelessness, those whom the YMCA works with to support their journey to independence. YMCA Cheltenham’s Sleep Easy formed part of a series of...



Family Space Nursery in Cheltenham Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

The Family Space Nursery in Cheltenham was recently inspected by Ofsted in early 2023. We are pleased to announce that the nursery was rated 'Good'. In the report, it stated that: “Children, parents and visitors are greeted warmly at the door by friendly staff at this setting. Children enter happily and greet their friends eagerly....



Opening St Michael’s Court in Gloucester and The PATHWAY HOME

On Tuesday, October the 11th 2022 we opened our new building in Gloucester at St Michael's Court. This is a very exciting time for YMCA Cheltenham as we expand our services in Gloucester. St Michael's Court consists of 3 separate units of accommodation. The building was officially opened by Dame Janet Trotter DBE, CVO. Number...



YMCA Cheltenham Annual General Meeting 2022

On September the 28th we held our Annual General Meeting for the year. We invited over one hundred people from the local community including our members, staff and local dignitaries such as the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire Guy Disney MBE, Alex Chalk MP and Dame Janet Trotter DBE CVO. We gathered to review the...



YMCA Statement: HM Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of YMCA Scotland, YMCA Ireland and YMCA England & Wales:   “It is with great sadness that the YMCA family across all four nations acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. “As we recognise this grave loss, we are reminded of Her Majesty’s selfless devotion to our nation and to the Commonwealth, providing…



Number 3 Development – Women Leaving Prison

What we will provide Our vision is to utilise Number 3 to accommodate vulnerable single women leaving prison aged 18-35, offering them sanctuary and a safe place to start rebuilding their lives. YMCA Cheltenham in cooperation with The Nelson Trust (our referral pathway partner) intends to purchase and redevelop Number 3 to provide 4 x...



YMCA Cheltenham vs Man vs Fat

YMCA Cheltenham 7 - 1 Man vs Fat   On Sunday 1st of May at 2 pm at Oxstalls Sports Centre Gloucester, the two teams kicked off a friendly match. The game started with Man vs Fat defence stopping many swift attacks up the wings by the younger on average YMCA Cheltenham team; consisting of...



Urgent Help Needed #FeedCheltenham

Urgent help is needed for food supplies for the food pantries in Cheltenham. Please see the information leaflet in this post about the food pantries and opening times in Cheltenham. Please keep reading for some ways you can help and why. Sarah Avery has been at a food network provider meeting this morning and the…



Celebrating the work of Natasha Clarke

“It is really important that even for those that may not want our help, we can still show their value and dignity as human beings.” We want to say a big thank you to Natasha Clarke, Housing Support Worker in Vittoria Road Cheltenham, for her outstanding work. Natasha was able to secure a grant for…