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Our Chair, James Parkes, won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 1st Ripon Awards evening.
James and Odette from the YMCA both attended the event, James said.
"The Ripon Awards evening was a wonderful event and a great way to highlight some of the fantastic business, organisations and individuals in our City.
I am truly honoured to be awarded Volunteer of the Year 2017, though my role of Chair at the YMCA would not be possible, and as enjoyable, if it weren’t for the Staff, Trustees, Volunteers and young people themselves, so this award is really for everyone involved with the charity.
We have been working hard at Ripon YMCA to engage with the local community to highlight the need for homelessness services for people aged 16-35 years, and this is another great way to promote the much needed work of the charity".
In 2017 we are fundraising to make sure that every new tenant receives a starter pack with all the basics they need when moving in to a new home. Often tenants come to us with very little and providing a positive moving in experience means they are more likely to develop a good relationship with us and move forward positively.
We are drawing the raffle during our open day on the 7th of October 2017 at noon. Prizes will be randomly allocated.
Afternoon tea for two at the Old Deanery
2 x Everyman Cinema tickets
£30 voucher for food at The Turf, Ripon Spa Hotel
6 month gym membership at Core Fitness
2 Course Sunday Lunch at the Lamb Inn Rainton
Voucher for Dog Grooming at Short, Bark and Sides
£50 voucher for Russell Group in Boroughbridge (Tools, outdoor wear and equipment)
£10 voucher for Olivers Pantry
2 Tickets for Ripon Races
2 Tickets for a 2018 Yorkshire cricket match
Beauty, chocolate, candles and luxuries hamper
Drinks hamper (whiskey, wine, prosecco, spirits)
And many more to come!
If you would like a ticket please come to the YMCA office at 5 Water Skellgate, or see a staff member or Trustee. If you can help by selling some tickets please get in touch - 01765 607609
Thanks goes out to all the fantastic people and organisations who donated prizes.
Our Chairman James Parkes is combining two of his hobbies and Running to raise funds for us here at Ripon Ymca.
Its been just over a year since he joined the Beginners Running Group at Ripon Runners...and he absolutely loves it.
Snape 10k was his first race following his 0 - 10k beginners running group. Since then he has completed a handfull of 10k races. To mark this one year anniversary he would like to use this race as an opportunity to raise some vital funds for us here at YMCA Ripon of which James is Chair of the Board of Trustees.
YMCA Ripon supports young people aged 16 -25 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. In addition to providing a community space for all to use. More info can be found by visiting www.riponymca.org
People can sponsor him by visiting. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-parksie
You can also see a fantastic article here by Ripon Gazette. http://bit.ly/2wmhXAM
Lucy and team will be regularly updating this page, so come back to see how our work is progressing and how you can get involved.
My mother was a long term alcoholic: some weeks were fine the others not. Life was hard! Distant family took me in sometimes but there was no support to work on building a better relationship, so those relationships broke down. My life felt pretty hopeless as I had no motivation and was at a point when I didn’t care anymore. At this time clashes between my mother and I escalated and I realised I had to escape. Sometimes you just need to escape!
I remember being terrified about moving into the YMCA: the thought of living alone was incredibly strong, but once I got there I was relieved – I finally had my own space to think and to be myself even though I was still unsure about which direction my life was going to go.
While at Ripon YMCA staff spoon-fed and taught me lots that I previously hadn't got a clue about:
Rent and bills were simple to handle
They helped fill in applications for benefits
They sourced extra financial support for when I attended school
They had contacts for careers advice
But the thing that I found helped me the most was the fact that staff gave me their time; they listened; they didn't judge; they saw that I wasn't a bad person, but was a person who had lost her way and didn't have the right support around her to find her way back.
After 2 years at Ripon YMCA, staff supported me in applying to do a Youth Work qualification at University and I left the YMCA on a high note. I have never looked back, but I have also never forgotten what they did for me.
If I could give any advice to a prospective tenant today it would be this:
Give Ripon YMCA a chance: it's not a place for all the low-lifes to go, but a place that will provide you with everything you need to turn your life around or move forward -You just need to want it.
I am so pleased to write about my experience at Ripon YMCA because it truly did help me to turn my life around: I am now married with two lovely children. I trained at University in London and I am a qualified Youth Worker, but most importantly… I found the way forward when life was dark and I feel like a normal person living life to the full. I still have hard times like everyone else, but when I look back and see how life has changed I am reminded that there is always a way forward from hardship to hope.
there is always a way forward
from hardship to hope
Bryony left Ripon YMCA a number of years ago, but wanted to share her story. Wherever you are at in life, there is always hope; there is always a way forward; there is always help at hand when we open ourselves up to that support and help. If you would like to support our work of helping young people to build a better future please email CEO@riponymca.org or call our office on 01765 607609