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YMCA Norfolk puts on a Christmas show in style
Young people and staff from YMCA Norfolk put on a Christmas show with a difference for a packed Curve Theatre at the Forum in Norwich on Tuesday (December 17) night. More ...
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Norfolk money skills project supports homeless teens
A group of homeless young people from Great Yarmouth have been learning the skills to manage money more effectively, thanks to a financial capability project delivered by YMCA Norfolk. More ...
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Yarmouth churches learn about YMCA Norfolk
Links between Great Yarmouth area churches and YMCA Norfolk have been strengthened following a recent meeting and presentations at church services. More ...
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YMCA Norfolk issues Sleep Easy challenge
Teams of work colleagues, community groups and individuals across Norfolk are being challenged to give up their warm bed for one night, brave the cold and sleep outside in a cardboard box to address homelessness. More ...
Suite of offices for rent near Norwich
A self-contained suite of office accommodation is being offered for monthly hire close to Norwich city centre, by YMCA Norfolk anytime up to March 2015. More ...
YMCA Norfolk Celebration Smashes Stereotypes
Young residents of YMCA Norfolk were busy smashing stereotypes at the Christian charity’s annual celebration event and AGM at The Forum in Norwich last night (October 29). More ...
YMCA Norfolk launches £1m homeless support project
A five-year £1m project to help vulnerably housed young people address the variety of barriers they can face on their journey to independent living is set to be launched in January by YMCA Norfolk in Great Yarmouth following a successful £500k grant from More ...
Design accolade for YMCA Norfolk's My Place
YMCA Norfolk’s My Place development in Norwich was among a host of recent architecture and design praised and honoured at the Norwich Society’s Design Awards 2013. More ...
YMCA Norfolk residents benefit from church food gifts
St Andrews Church in Gorleston has donated two car loads of food from their harvest festival to the YMCA Norfolk residents in Great Yarmouth. More ...
Tim honoured by Lord Coe as Norfolk Shining Light
Norfolk’s Community Games initiative between YMCA Norfolk and the County Sports Partnership has received a double boost with news of funding extended to October 2013 and an honour for one of its most active volunteers from Lord Sebastian Coe. More ...
Service marks YMCA Norfolk team office move
Norfolk has completed the move of its central administrative base to Exchange Street in Norwich city centre and marked the occasion with a service of prayer and dedication. More ...
Virgin Money team paint way for YMCA Norfolk move
A team from Virgin Money in Norwich got their brushes and paint pots out to help YMCA Norfolk move into freshly decorated new offices in the city centre. More ...
YMCA team hop to it at Celebrate Norfolk event
YMCA Norfolk staff demonstrated several different sides of the work of the Christian charity at the Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk event at the Forum in Norwich on June 7 and 8. More ...
Historic Norwich YMCA goes up for sale
One of Norwich’s most historic city centre buildings is going on sale after 130 years of helping to provide accommodation, leisure and sports facilities for a wide variety of young people. More ...
Umbrella Housing in transfer to YMCA Norfolk
Norwich-based supported housing group Umbrella Housing has announced the transfer of its housing stock and operations to YMCA Norfolk with immediate effect. More ...
YMCA Norfolk honours its outstanding staff
YMCA Norfolk staff from across the county have been honoured for outstanding service to the Christian charity in an annual awards and celebration event. More ...
Yarmouth fun day highlights work to tackle hate crime
Young people from a YMCA Norfolk backed project in Great Yarmouth staged a community fun day with a difference recently. More ...
YMCA's sporting appeal to Norfolk churches
YMCA Norfolk has issued an appeal for local churches and youth groups who are interested in putting on Community Games events, to get in touch, as support and finance is available to help them get off the ground. More ...
YMCA Norfolk Carol Service December 2012
Residents, supporters and staff gathered at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich city centre for the annual YMCA Norfolk Carol Service on December 6. More ...
500 from Norwich join YMCA world record bid
Over 500 people in Norwich took part in a YMCA World Basketball Challenge event on October 13, aiming to help set a new world record. More ...
YMCA Norfolk celebrates a year of growth
YMCA Norfolk celebrated a year of growth and development, told through the words of its staff, partners and the young people it works with, at the Open Venue in Norwich on October 25. More ...
Video tells story of Stepping Stone Cafe and MyPlace
A new video released at the YMCA Norfolk AGM and Celebration on October 25 tells one of the many individual stories behind the Stepping Stone Cafe social enterprise scheme and the new MyPlace accommodation facility, both in Norwich. More ...
Olympic boxer helps youngsters open Yarmouth mural
Olympic bronze-medal winning boxer Antony Ogogo, has helped a group of young people from Great Yarmouth open their graffiti mural in Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. More ...
£4.4m Norwich homeless project MyPlace opens
YMCA Norfolk’s £4.4m MyPlace development of 40 self-contained flats for young homeless people on Bethel Street in Norwich city centre, was officially launched at a civic reception on Friday September 7. More ...
New Norwich community café is a stepping stone
A new community café has opened in Norwich city centre, the result of an innovative social enterprise partnership between YMCA Norfolk and local businesses, in which young homeless people have played a vital role. More ...
£4.4m YMCA Norfolk MyPlace project is dedicated
A dedication and prayer service for the new YMCA Norfolk MyPlace development on Bethel Street in Norwich took place on Friday August 3, in preparation for the first residents moving into the 40 self-contained flats from Monday August 6. More ...
YMCA Norfolk receive keys to £4.4m homeless project
The handover of YMCA Norfolk’s new £4.4m development of 40 self-contained flats for young homeless people in Norwich city centre, from housing developer Lovell, took place today, Tuesday July 31. More ...
Prince's community honour for YMCA Norfolk's Nigel
YMCA Norfolk project officer Nigel Graves has been honoured at a prestigious award ceremony as the community individual who has best collaborated with business to benefit society. More ...
YMCA Norfolk duo join Olympic Torch relay
YMCA Norfolk duo Susie Knights and Rev Simon Stokes were right at the forefront of the Olympic Torch celebrations as the flame passed through Norfolk on July 4 and 5. More ...
YMCA Norfolk helps Greg go from homeless to dream job
Greg Matthews has just been awarded an outdoors instructor apprenticeship, but just a few months ago he was homeless and out on the streets of Norwich, which was when YMCA Norfolk stepped in. More ...
YMCA Norfolk shop team join in carnival fun
It was carnival time in the West Norfolk resort of Hunstanton recently and the team from the local YMCA Shop joined in the fun – with the help of a London choir. More ...
£1m raised as Norwich homeless project set to open
A public appeal to raise £1m, to complete the funding for a £4.4m development of 40 self-contained flats for young homeless people in Norwich city centre, has been reached, with the doors due to open in early August. More ...
YMCA Norfolk's Ambassadors want to spread the word
A YMCA Norfolk Ambassadors scheme is being launched to introduce and communicate the Christian charity’s vital work to churches and other groups across Norfolk. More ...
Help us improve website and have chance to win
YMCA Norfolk would like your help to make sure that our website effectively provides the information you and other visitors need about our broad range of work. More ...
YMCA's magnificent seven complete charity ride
A magnificent seven YMCA Norfolk members - six residents and one staff member - have completed a 50km bike ride at Fitness First Norwich to raise over £500 for Sport Relief 2012. More ...
YMCA Norfolk pays tribute to Taffy Khan
Following the tragic death of YMCA Norfolk resident Tafadzwa (Taffy) Khan, aged 25, on Sunday (March 18), YMCA Norfolk Chief Executive, Tim Sweeting, paid tribute. More ...
How to get your copy of the Right Tracks album
A group of YMCA residents and staff have teamed up with youth arts organisation Culture Works East to create a completely original charity album from the cover design to the lyrics and all eight music tracks. More ...
YMCA Norfolk team set to release charity album
A group of YMCA Norfolk residents and staff have teamed up with Norwich-based youth arts organisation Culture Works East to create a completely original charity album. More ...
Norwich council loan boosts YMCA project
A £400,000 loan from Norwich City Council to YMCA Norfolk will part fund the build of move-on accommodation for a number of homeless and vulnerable young people in Norfolk. More ...
YMCA charity shop reopens in centre of Diss
A charity shop supporting the vital work of the YMCA has re-opened in the South Norfolk market town of Diss, some 14 months after the original store closed when its let ran out. More ...
Carols mark start of Christmas at YMCA Norfolk
Residents, staff and supporters of YMCA Norfolk celebrated the real meaning of Christmas at a joyful carol service held at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich last night (December 6). More ...
YMCA Norfolk stages celebration with a difference
Opened by a juggler, closed by a would-be rock singer and staged in a nightclub, YMCA Norfolk put on an AGM with a difference in Norwich last night (October 18). More ...
YMCA Norfolk honours its outstanding staff
YMCA Norfolk staff from across the county have been honoured for outstanding service to the Christian charity in a first-ever awards and celebration event. More ...
YMCA talent on show in Norwich exhibition
From youngsters lined up with their saxophones to a concert in an historic Norwich church – photographs by young residents of YMCA Norfolk were on show in The Forum this summer. More ...
Splashing around with the YMCA
YMCA Norfolk staff, volunteers and young people had a fun day on the Beach at Gorleston. More ...
And the Winner is ...
Elaine Middleton was the winner of the YMCA Norfolk ‘More than a Song’ competition at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show and was delighted to be awarded with the prize of an iPad2. More ...
YMCA's Spirit of the Carnival
YMCA residents at Norwich Central took part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s procession, where they dressed as Sparta’s from ancient Greece as part of the ‘Islands around the World’ theme. More ...
YMCA wins Norfolk Show trophy!
This year's Royal Norfolk Show exhibition winners proved that it's fun to play at the YMCA. Their interactive and welcoming stand demonstrated that the Christian organisation is so much more than a song. More ...
Choir at Wymondham concert helps build YMCA future
A full Wymondham Abbey, reverberating to the sounds of the Tallis Chamber Choir and the Alexandra Players, helped to raise several thousand pounds for YMCA Norfolk’s Bethel Street building appeal last Saturday. More ...
Classical concert in aid of YMCA Norfolk appeal
The renowned Tallis Chamber Choir head an impressive line-up for a charity concert at Wymondham Abbey on June 4, in aid of YMCA Norfolk’s £1m Bethel Street building appeal. More ...
Helping build a brighter future for young people
YMCA Norfolk has teamed up with construction firm Lovell and offender resettlement charity MOVEON east to provide employment advisers with useful on-site construction experience to help them in their work. More ...
YMCA marks war role with Norwich exhibition
Seventy years after the YMCA played a crucial part in the war effort across Norfolk, accommodating and feeding hundreds of troops the current Norwich YMCA restaurant has hosted a nostalgic exhibition. More ...
YMCA work in Yarmouth trebles over past year
YMCA Norfolk has seen a huge increase in its work with young people in Great Yarmouth over the past year and a recent open day at its enlarged offices on North Quay welcomed scores of clients, supporters, partner organizations and guests. More ...
YMCA Norfolk residents protest over youth service cuts
Young YMCA residents in King’s Lynn, who hit the headlines on TV and in the local press with their concerted opposition to youth service cuts across Norfolk, are putting what they learnt in the process to good use. More ...
Sir Richard spends night sleeping rough in Norwich
General Sir Richard Dannatt, the new president of YMCA Norfolk slept rough on the streets of Norwich at the weekend to raise money for YMCA Norfolk and to get a glimpse into what life is like for the homeless. More ...
Ex-Army chief becomes new YMCA Norfolk president
Former head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, was made president of YMCA Norfolk last night (October 18), taking over from Richard Jarrold, with a pledge to Serve to Lead. More ...
YMCA Norfolk launches its annual review
YMCA Norfolk launched its 2010 Annual Review at its AGM held at Norwich Cathedral Hostry on October 18. More ...
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YMCA Norfolk kitted out for football future
2010: YMCA Norfolk has been given a full set of second-hand football kit from a generous Norwich team, Vale Longo FC, who have got a new strip themselves thanks to a sponsor. More ...
YMCA Norfolk opens new office in Yarmouth
2010: YMCA Norfolk has opened a new office in Great Yarmouth, closer to the centre of the town, to provide better facilities for clients and staff. More ...
It's hats off to YMCA IPod winner Jasmine
2010: Jasmine Webster, aged 24, was the winner of the YMCA Norfolk Hats competition at the exhibition which was part of the Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk event on June 11 and 12, outside the Forum in Norwich. More ...
YMCA cube marathon highlights homelessness
2010: Volunteers from YMCA Norfolk, including the Bishop of Norwich, spent no less than 32 hours imprisoned inside a tiny cardboard cube outside the Forum in Norwich on June 11 and 12, to highlight the issue of homelessness. More ...
YMCA residents make music to aid Haiti victims
2010: YMCA Norfolk residents and staff have organized and will be performing in a live event as part of the Norwich Fringe Festival on May 14 to raise cash for earthquake victims in Haiti. More ...
YMCA name change honours ex-Norfolk chief 
2010: YMCA Norfolk has renamed its Norwich Central YMCA in honour of its former chief executive John Drake, whose hard work and inspiration was key to making the £2.9m project become a reality last year. More ...
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2010: YMCA Norfolk has reiterated its commitment to providing vital services to young people in Norfolk following news of £450,000 of funding cuts from Norfolk County Council. More ...
YMCA at forefront of Haiti earthquake aid
2010: YMCAs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are at the forefront of efforts to provide vital aid to the 1.5 million people left homeless following the earthquake on January 12. More ...
Queen honours ex-YMCA chief with MBE
2009: Former YMCA Norfolk chief executive, John Drake, has received an MBE for services to young people in Norwich and Norfolk in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list. More ...
Churches' festive gifts for YMCA residents
2009: A group of Norfolk churches showered YMCA Norfolk Faith Development officer Alexis Lloyd with gifts of toiletries and cash for YMCA residents during a recent visit to their services. More ...
Solicitor Richard is new YMCA Norfolk chair
2009: YMCA Norfolk has appointed West Norfolk Law Society president Richard Pennington as the new chairman for its board of trustees to replace outgoing chair David Ingham. More ...
Church leaders learn how to access funding
2009: The Norwich City board room at Carrow Road was the setting for Christian leaders to learn how to translate the language of Government and access funding, thanks to YMCA Norfolk. More ...
Numbers of Norwich rough sleepers increases
2009: Norwich has almost as many homeless rough sleepers on its streets as Manchester or Liverpool according to the latest official government statistics, but YMCA Norfolk has sounded a note of caution about the figures. More ...
New Norwich MP backs work of YMCA Norfolk
2009: New Norwich North Conservative MP, Chloe Smith, has been on a fact-finding visit to YMCA Norfolk to meet senior staff and residents and has agreed to back the Christian charity in its work by becoming a patron. More ...
Summer of murals and drama for pupils
A group of Norwich youngsters have been having such a good time over the summer, that they have spent the whole six weeks at their school – the Open Academy at Heartsease. More ...
YMCA buys a 'family home' in King's Lynn
2009: The completed purchase of a large family home in King’s Lynn has been celebrated with a barbecue. But this is no ordinary house, as it has had no fewer than 280 young people call it home over the last 11 years. More ...
Tim takes over as new YMCA Norfolk chief
2009: He has helped homeless people in the most deprived parts of London and set up a church which has attracted hundreds of young people, and now Tim Sweeting is turning his hand to helping vulnerable youngsters in Norfolk. More ...
John honoured for 30 years at YMCA Norfolk
2009: YMCA Norfolk Chief Executive, John Drake, who is handing over the reins to his successor Tim Sweeting, has been hailed by civic leaders for his great contribution to the Christian organization over the last 30 years. More ...
Prince gives royal approval to Norwich YMCA
2009: HRH the Duke of Edinburgh gave the royal seal of approval to the £2.9m Norwich Central YMCA redevelopment when he visited the accommodation facility on Wednesday June 24. More ...
YMCA Norfolk names new chief executive
2009: YMCA Norfolk has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to take over from John Drake who is stepping down after completing 30 years of distinguished service in July. More ...
Workshop was aimed at faith communities
2009: Interpreting the Language of Government was the subject under discussion at a workshop funded by Faith Action and jointly sponsored by YMCA Norfolk on March 26. More ...
Minister meets with Norwich Christian charities
2009: Representatives of Norwich Christian social action charities have met with government minister Sadiq Khan MP at the Central Norwich YMCA to talk with him about engaging faith communities in the delivery of public services. More ...
YMCA launches new partnership in Breckland
2009: A breakfast event hosted by Breckland Council on February 23 celebrated the launch of YMCA Norfolk’s work in Breckland. The YMCA team will be moving into offices in Tanner Street, Thetford. More ...
Norfolk real lives book marks action week
2009: To mark Poverty and Homelessness Action Week 2009, YMCA Norfolk has published a second book of short true life stories about some of the amazing people whose lives have been touched by an encounter with it. More ...
REAL LIFE: A traumatic event for Grace
YMCA Norfolk schools worker, Rachel Chwaszcza, takes a collaborative approach to tackling the issue of youth homelessness. This includes taking lessons and offering one-on-one support sessions for vulnerable students. More ...
REAL LIFE: Pushing back the boundaries
Tom is a very defiant young man who feels he is no good. YMCA Norfolk Schools Key Worker, Rebecca Wass, helped him to make the sometimes difficult transition between primary school and high school. More ...
REAL LIFE: 'I can't do anything'
At almost eight years old, Rory couldn't write, read or even draw. Any work his teachers tried to give him, even simple worksheets, reduced him to tears. More ...
New Central Norwich YMCA opens its doors
2009: The new £2.9 million Central Norwich YMCA opened its doors to residents for the first time on January 5. More ...
Bishop given keys to new central Norwich YMCA
2009: YMCA Norfolk has received the keys to the new £2.9m Norwich Central YMCA, which will provide accommodation and assessment facilities for 34 young homeless men and, for the first time in Norwich, women. More ...
Faith leaders meet MP Timms in Norwich
2008: Faith leaders from across Norwich and Norfolk have met with government minister Stephen Timms MP and City Council leader Steve Morphew to talk about engaging the faith community and local government. More ...
Kind gift gets YMCA resident back on his bike
2008: A YMCA Norwich resident who was beaten up and had his bike stolen has told of his gratitude towards a fellow YMCA resident who gave him a rare designer bike he had won as part of a competition. More ...
Art saved me from life of drugs and crime
2008: Artist Ian Pickering was one of a group of Norwich YMCA residents who took part the recent Go Elephants project in the city. More ...
REAL LIFE: Rainbows in the classroom
Jo Thomas, 27, came to work for YMCA Norfolk as a pastoral care worker in a Norfolk primary schools five years ago. More ...
YMCA wins Norwich street life soccer cup
2008: Five homeless young men from YMCA Norfolk have won the Norwich Football in the Community Cup at the end of the 30-week Street Life Soccer course. More ...
Famous five finish run to help YMCA appeal
2008: Four homeless young men and a Police officer have completed the Run for a Room to help YMCA Norfolk launch a £300,000 appeal to furnish 100 rooms in the two new YMCA hostels planned for Norwich. More ...
Finding £1.8m of faith funding in Norwich
2008: Funding the Kingdom, and sharing God’s resources across new and established Christian projects, was the subject of a one-day conference organised by Transforming Norwich on Saturday June 7. More ...
Right Tracks front page
Click here to get your copy of the Right Tracks album produced by YMCA residents and staff and now available online. More ...
Real life stories book from YMCA Norfolk
2008: To mark Homelessness Sunday on January 27, YMCA Norfolk has published a book of short true life stories about some of the amazing people associated with it. More ...
Book launch helps YMCA Norfolk celebrate
2007: YMCA Norfolk has helped mark its 150 years of service across the county by launching a commemorative book detailing its fascinating history. More ...
150 years of history at YMCA Norfolk
2007: A History of the YMCA in Norfolk and Lowestoft covers 150 years of service across the region. Here are some of the more notable moments of those 150 years taken from the new book. More ...
Live BBC Radio 4 show helps YMCA celebrate
2007: Prestigious BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions was broadcast live from Norwich on October 26 to help mark the 150th anniversary of YMCA Norfolk. More ...
Top funding tips from Trust chief in Norwich
2007: Christian charitable trust chief officer Bridget Cass gave very useful insights into how to successfully apply for funding from grant-making bodies, while in Norwich. More ...
Norfolk leaders back YMCA £1.1m appeal
2007: YMCA Norfolk has appointed a high profile Council of Patrons to help its 150th anniversary appeal reach its target. More ...
Tributes paid to Christian youth worker
2007: Tributes have been paid to Norfolk Christian youth worker Paul Harrison who was killed when the motorbike he was riding was involved in a road accident. More ...
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