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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.





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


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.


Summer Activities for Cockfield and Evenwood

YMCA Teesdale will be running sessions with St. Paul’s Activities Lunch Club. The Summer Activities for Cockfield and Evenwood will be held Mondays – Thursdays throughout the summer holidays.

All sessions are free, however donations made are very much appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

First session will start on the 25th July at Cornerstone, Evenwood.

Day Trips

There are also day trips to South Shields and Redcar at a cost of £5 per trip. Limited places available so get in fast if you want to go. Call either Sandra 834580 /  Ann – 710945 / Mary 833715 for further information.


Summer Sport In Barnard Castle

Good news, Josh Barker our Youth Work Apprentice has planned the following summer sport sessions for the summer holidays in Barnard Castle








Day / Date / Time Sports being played
Thursday / 3rd August 2017 / 2pm-4pm Football
Thursday / 10th August 2017 / 2pm-4pm Dodgeball
Thursday / 17th August 2017 / 2pm-4pm Badminton
Thursday / 24th August 2017 / 2pm-4pm Frisbee
Thursday / 31st August 2017 / 2pm-4pm Mini-Olympics


Location: Demesnes (dependent on busyness) Montalbo Park or Dawson Park (depending on session) Basketball will be done at Dawson Park.

There will be a 20-minute break at 2:50pm and the session will restart at 3:10pm moving onto the next sport activity planned, but young people are welcome to have breaks whenever they want to.

Available to ages between 11 and 17, everyone between these ages are welcome to any of the sessions

There is no cost for these sessions.

Water bottle and snacks are advised to be brought as we will not be able to offer these to the young people attending the sessions.

Appropriate sportswear is required: i.e Tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt, shorts, trainers.


Cockfield Youth Club – fancy a trip to Wet ‘N’ Wild?

Wet 'N' Wild Logo

We’re going on a trip to Wet ‘N’ Wild on the Friday 21st July. 

There are only 14 spaces available and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you’re interested in coming along, talk to Chris this Wednesday where he’ll be able to give you a consent form to take home.

YMCA Teesdale will pay for your entry to Wet ‘N’ Wild, but we do need you to pay a £5 contribution.

Two reasons for the contribution:-

  1. To secure you a place on the trip.
  2. Help to pay for the cost of hiring a minibus.

Your consent form, signed by your parent or guardian and the £5 contribution must be back by the 6th July.
Remember though this is first come first served.

Because this is happening on the Friday, there will be no youth club on the Wednesday (19th July)

Further details to follow

Chris Elstob


Don’t forget your swim wear and TOWEL



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