Ripon YMCA is a Social Housing Provider situated in the heart of Ripon and serving young people from the wider locality. This year Ripon YMCA will have been serving young people and the local community for 102 years. We have a rich and varied history of working drawing alongside vulnerable young people and helping them to transform their lives.
Today Ripon YMCA provides residential accommodation for 19 young adults aged 16-35. We provide practical support which helps tenants develop their potential in mind, body and spirit, enabling them to move from dependence to independence.
We also facilitate a number of activity groups such as the YMCA Red Triangle Drama Group meets on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm and helps young people to develop their character and confidence through performing arts, providing young people with a positive outlet for engaging in community events. New members are warmly welcomed to both groups. Ripon YMCA also hosts a toddler group called Helter Skelter which meets in our community hall 4 mornings a week.
Over the past three months we have been seeking to meet with and partner with other local charities and organisations to create a collaborative approach to supporting our tenants and engaging more proactively with the local community. As such we have sought to get involved with Connecting Ripon, a gathering of charity and community leaders seeking to help Ripon become “A more connected area where our communities work together to make the city and rural parishes a great place to live, work and play”.
Connecting Ripon aims to:
- Celebrate and strengthen volunteering in Ripon and its surrounding villages;
- Support the development of inter-generational projects which benefit local communities;
- Increase awareness of what’s happening in terms of new opportunities to learn; earn; socialise; volunteer and to raise support for good causes through new media such as social media and superfast broadband
More information on the work of Connecting Ripon is available here http://www.harcvs.org.uk/ConnectingRipon
It has been a privilege for us at Ripon YMCA to join the Connecting Ripon group because we share their values and commitment to community engagement.
I was travelling to Ripon this morning and the sun was just beginning to pop its head over the horizon. It was warm and bright and as its invisible rays kissed my face I was reminded that every day is a new day and a fresh start. This is true for us at Ripon YMCA: we believe in giving every person a fresh start and we are committed to providing every tenant with the support they require to move from dependence to independence positively. We cannot do this alone. Our work requires a community approach. Here are a few of the ways you can get involved:
We are excited about the future. It looks bright. It is exciting. And it is definitely worth getting involved in. If you would like to know more you can email Stuart McCormack at CEO@riponymca.org or call our office on 01765 607609.
This article was written by Stuart McCormack for the 'Connecting Ripon' column in the Ripon Gazette and featured in the February 2, 2017 editiion
The fridge stood in the middle of the room where the delivery guy had left it. It was huge! I unfortunately am not huge. How on earth would I move this fridge?
We've all had days like this: days when there's something in our lives that appear to be immovable. It might be a big white fridge, a debt, or a housing issue. Ripon YMCA tenants are no different - each young person will have their own 'barriers to progression' or their 'monsters to fight'.
But back to the fridge...
So my fridge was intimidatingly large standing there in the middle of the room. I decided to start trying to move it. Sometimes you just need to make a start.
Sometimes you just need to make a start!
I pushed and pulled; I walked it and...I began to move it! Making a start on something is always the first step to moving the problem. But I got tired. My muscles ached. My hands got sore. My mind began telling me I couldn't shift it. I needed help!
Sometimes you just need to ask for help!
I asked for help. A friend came round and moving the big white fridge became easier. I still felt the weight of it, but it became manageable and movable.
But what if we hadn't been able to move the fridge? We couldn't just leave it in the middle of the room. We would have kept on trying until that fridge was moved, plugged in, and working as it was designed to work. We would have persevered!
Sometimes you just need to persevere!
I mentioned that our tenants all have things to overcome in order to progress positively through their struggles.
At Ripon YMCA we are committed to helping our tenants persevere.
We are committed to drawing alongside them and helping them to move forward.
We are committed to helping them make positive fresh starts.
We do this by providing a safe environment and a housing support worker who will walk with them and help them to develop the skills, experiences and knowledge they need to build their lives. We all have the metaphorical fridge in the middle of the room. Who can you help today to move theirs?