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Sleep Easy Update

Preperation is key. 

YMCA Teesdale’s FIRST ever sleep easy is over with. Thank you to our fantastic participants who braved the freezing temperatures and everything that mother nature could throw at them. We have been able to raise close to £2,000 (on the night), a wonderful amount thanks to the generosity to all those who sponsored our brave (non) sleepers. Support from the community and businesses has been truly brilliant.

 

Posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have received comments such as this from Kyle

“I’m so happy to see the YMCA doing stuff like this it’s amazing well done to all the workers and especially the men and women raising awareness and giving up there warm bed #supportingeachother

 

Katie MacFarlane from The Northern Echo wrote the following piece on Friday (16th March)

“VOLUNTEERS supporting the YMCA charity in Teesdale will be sleeping rough tonight o raise awareness of homeless young people.

The group, which will also be joined by groups in North Tyneside and Ripon, are taking part in the national YMCA Sleep Easy Week campaign.”

the full article can be read here.

 

 

 

Alicia, from Hewitts solicitors said,

“On the 16th March 2018 myself and 10 other participants took part in a Sleep Easy. When I first heard about the event I thought how hard can it be? You go to sleep outside and raise money for the homeless. How mistaken I was. The temperatures dropped to -2 with -6 wind chill. We had to deal with rain, snow and sleet, with nothing but a sleeping bag and a cardboard box. Waking up covered in ice is not a nice experience. People have said to me what an awful night to do this on, my reply, what a good night to do it on, to get the full experience of what some PEOPLE have to deal with 365 days a year.

 

By far the hardest element of the event for me was, not dealing with the cold but hearing people leaving the local pubs not knowing what reception you were going to get when they see you. We could hear them coming for what seemed like an age and then they were gone, and the relief when they passed us by without any disturbance was a real eye opener.

Many people believe to sleep rough is simply sleeping on the street, begging for money for food and a hot drink, but don’t consider the effect of not knowing if you’re going to be safe has on you. Not many people have had to deal with this, as we lock ourselves in our nice warm houses where we are safe.”

 

 

Katie from The Northern Echo  also produced this article on Monday 19th March

“THE plight of homeless people was brought to the fore on Friday night as volunteers braved the wind, rain and snow while sleeping rough in a church car park.

The 11 participants raised £2,000 for YMCA Teesdale as part of the charity’s national Sleep Easy Week”

 

A word from Theresa.

 

 

 

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Sleep Easy 2018

 

Sleep Easy – 9 Days to go.

I went in to see Rachel today, just to talk things over about the Sleep Easy event, finding out about the bacon butties (i.e ‘Who’s making them’), coffee, tea and soup. At first she was calm and collected, as usual, until she realised that it was only 9 days togo. How time has flown it only seems like yesterday that we got the news that we could hold the event in St. Mary’s Church Car Park in Barnard Castle (the car park bollards will be raised for the night). If you haven’t signed up already you can do so here

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Fruitful Communities – the end of a new beginning.

The Fruitful Communities project….

The opening of the orchard – 19th Feb

Fruitful Communities project, saw a group of 10 young people take part in a project of learning about and planting fruit trees and bushes for the community. They have planted a variety of different trees and will be planting a number of fruit berry bushes later on in the coming months.

This is a project that YMCA Teesdale took some selling to the young people of Teesdale as they weren’t keen to get involved in to start with. When I spoke to them today (19th February), after the celebration event, they had really enjoyed the whole experience.

On top of the 5 sessions at TCR Hub, the girls have spent many a Wednesday evening with our youth worker, Carla, researching and planning different elements of the sessions. They have spent the last 5 months building up to this point.

As we see this project winding down and coming to a close, we look at the sustainability of continuing the work, keeping the links with TCR Hub and ensuring what the girls have started doesn’t start and end, but continues for both themselves, other young people, the community and YMCA.

Not all hard work, playtime too. Thanks to Jonny (Outdoor Pursuits & Facilities Manager TCR Hub) for keeping the young people safe on the water.

Fruitful Communities will also hold a special place in my heart. This is the first project that as Operations Director, we started and finished since I have started at YMCA Teesdale. It is a project close to my heart, not only for this reason but because it is one that supports a number of causes that I believe in; young people being part of the community and not a problem in it and because the project was focused around the benefits to the environment.

I am incredibly proud of what the young people have achieved in such a short space of time, proud of the youth work team, Carla in particular, for supporting the girls and dedicating so much time to the planning and delivery of the project. To the team behind the scenes, the volunteers from both YMCA and TCR Hub that supported the project.

This project has seen YMCA and TCR Hub work together to deliver a project that not only benefits the young people involved but the community and both organisations. I cannot speak for the team at TCR Hub, though for me, it has been a mutually beneficial and worthwhile partnership, one that I hope continues. It has seen the two organisations work together to overcome barriers for the project, look at sustainability of the work together and deliver a valuable project.

Partnership working is an important part of the work we do in Teesdale, we are all in this together and to ensure we serve the community in the most relevant, sustainable way.

Rachel Dyne, Operational Director.

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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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