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Greetings to our new Operational Director

Please welcome Rachel, YMCA Teesdale’s new Operational Director.

An introduction to Rachel Dyne.

National

Rachel began her journey with the YMCA in March 2010 as a part time Young Carers Support Worker at YMCA Tees Valley . She quickly found a passion in the work YMCA does. Within a few months Rachel was working full time hours for the project. Rachel moved to London in 2013 to take on a new challenge, working with young homeless people in YMCA Romford (now YMCA Thames Gateway). She supported young people back to independent living through one to one work and group work. Rachel only gave up this work due her desire to return home, the North East.

 

International

Peace Work Institute
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Photo: Rachel at the Peace Work Institute

Rachel has also taken part in a number of international opportunities that the YMCA has to offer young people. She has volunteered internationally for the YMCA since 2011. Rachel started on a peace work “Dialogue in Diversity” workshop in Bangladesh. Her passion for peace work has seen her involved in the School of Peace in India. Later, Rachel was part of the planning team for the Peace Work Institute for YMCA Europe.

 

As well as peace work, Rachel has taken part in a number of leadership development opportunities including the 1st cohort of World YMCA Change Agents. This programme saw young people from YMCA’s all over the world delivering sessions at the World Council at The Rockies YMCA, Colorado in 2014. Since then Rachel has worked with colleagues from YMCA Ireland and YMCA Kosovo to deliver youth work training to young people in all three countries through exchanges and training.

One of Rachel’s highlights has been delivering the World YMCA’s One Million Voices Research. With colleagues from YMCA’s across the world at the United Nations EcoSoc (Economic and Social Council) Forum in New York in 2016.

 

A few words from Rachel.

“I’m very excited about this new challenge and the future of YMCA Teesdale. I have been with the YMCA for 7 years and have always carried the stories of young people that I have been privileged to hear with me. I look forward to hearing many more as I head into the future. The YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world and I believe that we have a duty to ensure that the YMCA is present and serving the community today and for future generations to come.”

A warm welcome from the YMCA community in Teesdale. We know that you’re going to enjoy your time here.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017

Macmillan – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

YMCA Teesdale’s Community Cafe is hosting Macmillan’s annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Come along and enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake knowing those extra calories are helping a worthwhile cause.

September 29th September – 10.00am – until all the cake is gone

‘Let’s Change Lives With Every Slice’.

 

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The ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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Volunteering Overseas for Young People 18-25 UPDATE

UPDATE

We now have the roadshow application forms for volunteering overseas and you can get it from here

Information about what Y-Care does can be found at the ycareinternational website.

Originally post – July 31, 2017

Y Care International is running an exciting programme for young people aged 18-25 to volunteer overseas for up to 3 months and make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities.

 

Y CARE EVENT

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Volunteer as a Trustee with YMCA Teesdale

Volunteering

As the merger of YMCA Teesdale and YMCA North Tyneside gathers pace, so does our need for volunteers. We are asking our community to help. We have volunteering places available within our Youth WorkCafes and Retail shop or maybe you’d like to consider becoming a Trustee.

If you can not volunteer at this time but still wish to help, please consider making a donation here.

 

Trustee

YMCA Teesdale is a Company Limited by Guarantee.

You would be jointly responsible with other trustees for:

  • Ensuring that the YMCA Teesdale is governed properly and in accordance with The Charity Commission’s and Companies House requirements.
  • Enabling the organisation to shape a strategy to deliver its aims and objectives.
  • Ensuring all statutory, legal and financial obligations are met.
  • Being an employer of paid staff.
  • Working to positively promote and support Teesdale YMCA’s values and profile.
  • The skills/experience you might bring to the roll; through relevant professional skills and employment experience:
    • Financial.
    • Administrative.
    • Educational.
    • Youth work.
    • Social work.
    • Business.
    • Legal.
    • Media.
  • Community involvement in Teesdale.
  • A passion for enabling young people and others to be safe and to develop their potential.
  • You would also need to demonstrate:
    • The ability to be a team player at a senior level.
    • Have the skill to sift, consider and process complex information.
    • Be able to articulately explain your thoughts.
    • Can contribute to informed decision-making.
  • Respect confidentiality.

Interested in volunteering as a Trustee? Please get in touch.

 

How to get in touch

Telephone : 01833 695780 (during normal office hours).

Email: hannah@teesdaleymca.com / info@teesdaleymca.com

Contact form on the website or via Facebook.

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Volunteering at our Community Coffee Shops

Volunteering

As the merger of YMCA Teesdale and YMCA North Tyneside gathers pace, so does our need for volunteers. We are asking our community to help. We have volunteering places available within our Youth WorkCafes and Retail shop or maybe you’d like to consider becoming a Trustee.

If you can not volunteer at this time but still wish to help, please consider making a donation here.

 

Community Cafes

We have 2 coffee shops. One at the Cockfiled Community Centre in Lipscomb Hall and another YMCA Coffee Shop at the Randolph Centre in Evenwood. As with many coffee shops they can become very busy at times. Each cafe have different opening times and days. These can be found out by looking at the separate pages by the clicking on the names above.

Duties would include

  • Interacting with members of the public.
  • Taking orders.
  • Preparing food.
  • Baking.
  • Taking payments.
  • Cleaning.
  • Support community members using the facilities available.
    • (A knowledge of computers is desirable, but certainly not necessary. Only at our Cockfield cafe)

If you are interested in volunteering in our busy coffee shops please get in touch.

 

How to get in touch

Telephone : 01833 695780 (during normal office hours).

Email: lesley@teesdaleymca.com / info@teesdaleymca.com

Contact form on the website or via Facebook.

“Volunteering for YMCA Teesdale has been a great experience so far, the staff are fun to be around and I’m looking forward to the merger going through…..”

 

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YMCA Charity Shop

 

Barnard Castle YMCA Charity Shop

YMCA Teesdale is extremely proud of Barnard Castle YMCA charity shop. YMCA Teesdale and YMCA Barnard Castle Charity Shop work in partnership, for example, a proportion of the money raised in the shop, through the sale of donated goods, is used to help transform the lives of the young people in our community.

Our shop sells a huge range of items. Second-hand retro goods, high street and designer clothing, accessories, books and also have a small selection of furniture plus so much more.

We have a number of volunteer opportunities at our YMCA shop.

  • Sorting and preparing clothes or furniture for sale.
  • Back office duties – steaming, pricing and sorting stock.
  • Using the till.
  • Arranging collections of donated items.
  • Selling goods.
  • Interacting with members of the public.
  • Representing YMCA on the high street.

Our shop gets very busy and we are in real need of YOU. Please get in touch and help.

 

How to get in touch

If you are interested in volunteering please call in to the shop for an application form or download it here.

Please contact YMCA Teesdale Retail Shop (Barnard Castle) directly for further information.

Tel: 01833 630454

or call in
18/18A Horsemarket
Barnard Castle

 

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Volunteering in Youth Work. Could you help?

Youth Work Volunteering

“Volunteering for YMCA Teesdale has been a great experience so far, the staff are fun to be around and I’m looking forward to the merger going through…..”

 

Volunteering

As the merger of YMCA Teesdale and YMCA North Tyneside gathers pace, so does our need for volunteers. We are asking our community to help. We have volunteering places available within our Youth Work, Cafes and Retail shop or maybe you’d like to consider becoming a Trustee.

 

Youth Work

  • Supporting youth workers in engaging with young people who attend YMCA Teesdale through a range of activities and programs.
  • Work in partnership with professionals from other organisations that support young people such as social care, health, police, schools, youth offending teams and local authorities.
  • Help plan programmes on topics such as health, fitness, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol awareness, relationships and bullying.
  • Provide social, emotional and behavioural support, or just be a friendly face.

Youth work volunteers require safeguarding training and a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

 

If you are interested in volunteering and supporting our Youth Work program please get in touch.

 

How to get in touch

Telephone : 01833 695780 (during normal office hours).

Email: hannah@teesdaleymca.cominfo@teesdaleymca.com

Contact form on the website or via Facebook.

 

If you can not volunteer at this time but still wish to help, please consider making a donation here.

 

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Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Sessions.

Drug and alcohol awareness sessions run weekly at our Barnard Castle youth clubs.

One of the activities that is a huge success with our young people is the “beer goggle basket ball challenge”. As the name suggests, we play basketball with beer goggles on. A beer goggle is a large eye mask with distorted lenses simulating drunkenness.

Young people thoroughly enjoy gaining awareness of drugs that are around, and we try to do this as interactively as possible. Some young people have great knowledge of drugs and alcohol, some are even able to name more drugs than some of the staff.

We use many positive and diversionary activities including, sobriety tests (with and without the beer goggles), quizzes, talks from former alcoholics and drug users and much more.

 

 

Our aim is to:
 
  • Provide informative drug and alcohol awareness, the dangers and health problems associated with drugs, alcohol and smoking.
  • Open discussions about peer pressure, short and long term effects of drinking, binge drinking, Illegal drugs and legal highs.
  • Explore attitudes and opinions.
  • Provide harm reduction information.
  • Signpost to local / national drug and alcohol treatment services.

 
We have lots of resources available to young people and we hope to further develop the resources that we have.

 

Further Photographs
Beer goggles

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A Day Trip to Alton Towers

All the fun of the fair.

Fair Ground photograph for Alton Towers

 

On Thursday 31st August, we will be taking 14 young people on a day trip to Alton Towers.

Leaving Barnard Castle at 7am, staff will be at the YMCA from 6.45am, so we’re asking that you start making your way to the YMCA at this time.

We will return to Barnard Castle no later than 10pm.

 

 

  • You should bring either a packed lunch or some money to buy food whilst at Alton towers.
  • We advise you to bring a lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain (although we hope not in August).
  • Leaving Alton Towers at 6pm, stopping at McDonalds on the way home for those that want (more money required).
  • Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We will not reserve spaces for anyone. Spaces will only be secured when a completed consent form, and £30 have been handed into staff.

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Volunteering Overseas for Young People 18-25

Y Care International is running an exciting programme for young people aged 18-25 to volunteer overseas for up to 3 months and make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities.

 

Y CARE EVENT

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