April 11th, 2023
Bernard Bateman MBE
Bernard Bateman MBE
Staff and Trustees of Ripon YMCA joined in the celebration of Bernard’s life at Ripon Cathedral yesterday. A few weeks ago we received the sad news that Bernard has passed away after an illness. As our President we wish to remember the contribution Bernard made to Ripon YMCA and the involvement he had with YMCA’s from a young age.
Bernard grew up in South Wales and at 10 joined his local YMCA and quickly became involved with various committees and fundraising activities. After a few years when his family had moved to North Yorkshire he became closely involved with the YMCA in Ripon and Chaired the organisation for 29 years. During this time he was involved regionally and sat on the YMCA England National Executive. He was awarded the YMCA Red Triangle award for his involvement and was honored as our President following his significant fundraising efforts and service to Ripon YMCA.
Bernard will be remembered fondly by staff, trustees and many young people who have lived at the YMCA or have been involved in our various projects and services. From tea dances, pantomimes, drama and table tennis to supporting young homeless people to gain independence.
Our Chair Sean McKibben expresses gratitude for Bernard’s longstanding involvement with Ripon YMCA saying “I met Bernard when he attended Trustee meetings and I was impressed by his knowledge, dedication and passion for Ripon YMCA and the work it does. He was rightly honoured with the position of President and has a building named after him, so will always be remembered when we talk about Bateman House”.
Thank you Bernard
Here is a photo of Bernard in his Harrogate Mayoral Chains at our Dinner and Dance in 2018 with some of our trustees.
July 14th, 2022
Ripon Youth Work Provision June 2022
Ripon has a range of Youth Work provision available at the moment. Please see the images below for details and contact info.
March 5K challenge
Since the first lockdown we have provided Supported Housing to 29 young people.
Delivered over 20 sessions of youth work and engaged with 100's of young people, parents and professionals.
Its been a challenging year, but it has provided some positive opportunities.
Our fantastic Board and Staff have continued to work hard to develop our charity, but we still have lots of work to do.
Number 4 Water Skellgate is nearly finished and it will soon provide a home for 3 young people. We recieve calls every week from those who are in need of housing or support.
We are proud, excited but need a boost. So with spring on the horizon we are launching our next campaign. Run or walk 5K, donate £5 and nominate 5 friends. Its simple. All funds raised will support young people in Ripon.
Tell us your stories, share your photos and join in.
Ripon YMCA are working with the Princes Trust to offer a 6 week course helping young people develop employability and personal development skills.
Workshops will take place weekly with some one to one sessions for individual support and development.
This course is for 16 to 25 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. Groups of 6 young people will work together to develop teamwork, communication and personal development skills.
Young people will receive a £20 voucher after participation over two weeks and a further £30 at the end of the project, along with a L1 qualification awarded by the Princes Trust. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Click the blue text below for more info and an application form:
Ripon YMCA Achieve Course Information sheet and application form
This work has been funded by the Coronavirus Recovery Fund administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation
Youth Work in Ripon
We are proud to announce that we have secured a grant of £15,000 from the Coronavirus Community Fund from Two Ridings Community Foundation to deliver Youth Work in Ripon.
We are pleased to be working closely with Inspire Youth and the Children and Families Team at NYCC to develop our plans.
If you want to be involved please get in touch. We will be looking for volunteers to support the project and will perhaps recruit some session workers.
Please complete our survey for young people or parents, so we can respond to and make this project a success.
Survey for Young People and Parents
Awareness of Young Peoples Mental Health training - Postponed due to Covid Secure guidance. Online training being developed.
We know that lockdown and uncertainty around Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the mental health of young people.
Young people in Ripon are reporting that their top 2 concerns are their uncertain future and mental health worries.
These courses will explore the most common mental health concerns faced by young people today, and provide resources and information on how to support individuals experiencing poor mental health. The sessions are ideal for parents or those who work with young people, however all community members are welcome.
These basic sessions will last around 2 hours with an opportunity for discussions to take place afterwards with the YMCA staff and attendees.
Our course will cover the following areas:
Monday 5th October - 1:30 pm start
Monday 12th October - 10 am start
Monday 19th October - 5:30 pm start
All sessions will be held at Ripon Community House. Please note due to restrictions of the building there is no lift available and you will be required to access the training up a flight of stairs.
We will be sharing some Covid Secure guidelines closer to the course dates. These are likely to include the use of face masks when moving around the buildings. We will have basic refreshments available.
To book a place please e-mail email@example.com with your preferred date, your name and a contact number.