YMCA Brunel Group

YMCA Brunel Group

At a glance

Causes

  • Local / community

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

YMCA Brunel Group is an independent, locally governed and managed charity operating in Mendip, Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and South Somerset. We are part of the international YMCA movement. Our mission is to create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

Our activities include:

Accommodation for over 700 people every year who are at risk of being homeless, who are on low incomes, experience barriers to work, or young people in need of high levels of support, who have often experienced trauma and difficult times in their lives. We don’t just provide a bed, we support people holistically and continually seek to help our residents gain the training, skills and confidence to lead independent lives.

A Health & Wellbeing centre in Bath, a community facility with a fully kitted out gym, functional fitness areas and extensive class programme.

Two commercial hostels in Bath and Bristol which help us cover our central costs.

Twelve youth clubs for young people aged 10-19, including 4 young carers groups, providing a space where they can have dedicated time to talk to trusted youth workers, access relevant information about issues that concern them, and develop their social networks.

Eight Ofsted registered Nurseries, providing spaces for up to 360 children where they are given opportunities and experiences that will set them up for their educational journeys and prepare them for their lives ahead.  

Activities

YMCA Brunel Group Vision and Values Vision:

We build strong communities where everybody can belong, contribute and thrive.

Values:

Inclusion: We recognise that every person is different but equally valuable. We actively include people at every level of our organisation, ensuring that our service users, young people, staff, trustees, volunteers and customers are representative of the communities that we serve. We work hard to enable each person to realise their potential.

Compassion: Our work is focussed on connecting with people, and responding to them in a caring and compassionate way.

Community: We believe that we are designed to live alongside other people. Our work actively creates opportunities for the people who are part of the YMCA (our young people, service users, staff, volunteers, customers etc) to be part of a community.

Humility: We are here to serve the needs of the communities in which we work. We don’t know everything. We listen to, and work alongside others to ensure that together we are making an impact where it is most needed. If we make mistakes – we learn from them and are honest and open about it.

Creativity and Innovation: We aren’t afraid to try a new approach or take a measured risk to increase the impact we make and respond to the challenges in our communities.

Sustainability: We think about the future, working in ways that bring about long-term benefit to our communities and our planet

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