Nottinghamshire YMCA Celebrates Birthday in Style

Nottinghamshire YMCA Celebrates Birthday in Style

Nottinghamshire YMCA’s pioneering summer camp – Camp Williams – is being celebrated on Friday 26 August with local dignitaries, children and their families. Nottingham South MP, Lilian Greenwood and Chair of D2N2 LEP, Peter Richardson will be joining the party and participating in outdoor activities as Camp Williams marks its momentous first birthday. There will be special theatrical performances from campers, followed by a party complete with games, wood-fired pizzas and cake. Based at The Nottingham Emmanuel School thousands of children, aged 4-15 years old, have attended Camp Williams since launching in 2015. Whether joining for a day, a week, or the entire school holidays, children learn new skills, make friends and have fun with educational activities, sports and creative workshops including paddle sports, music production, climbing, skateboarding, painting, archery and much more. Todd Cauthorn is Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Operations Manager for children and families: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our first birthday and our achievements with Lilian Greenwood and Peter Richardson.” “We have had a busy and successful year and we’re already looking forward to welcoming more children to Camp Williams throughout the school holidays, over the next 12 months.” YMCA Camp Williams has been developed by Nottinghamshire YMCA, a local charity with a rich history dating back over 145 years, working for healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. Nottinghamshire YMCA believes positive relationships, skills development and experiences during early years help young people to make healthy choices and positive contributions in later life. Nottinghamshire YMCA ensures Camp Williams is as accessible as possible by providing scholarship opportunities for those who otherwise would not be able to attend....
Celebrating Nottingham’s rich cultural heritage

Celebrating Nottingham’s rich cultural heritage

Nottinghamshire YMCA wins Heritage Lottery Fund support Nottinghamshire YMCA has received £49,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to explore the History of immigration in Nottingham. This innovative project will explore and document the positive impact immigration has had in the city. Young people will collect first-hand accounts and explore how food, fashion and music from other cultures have enriched Nottingham over several generations. The project will focus upon the African, Caribbean and Pakistani communities that have moved to and settled in the city. Uniquely, the project has been created by a group of young people who identified an interest in investigating their cultural heritage, in particular why their grandparents and people of that generation came to live in Nottingham. The project will be led by young people from Nottingham with the support of heritage professionals, cultural and community groups as well as Nottinghamshire YMCA’s experienced youth team. Jonathan Platt, head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Developed by young people, this project will help them discover the journeys their parents and grandparents made and their experiences of settling in the city. As well as developing skills in research, project management and exhibition design, this in-depth look at their own heritage will help give them a greater sense of identity and an understanding of Nottingham’s vibrant culture.“ Darren Goodlad of Nottinghamshire YMCA explains why the project is of vital importance: “Nottingham has a history of attracting migrants from different communities over many decades. This pioneering project will support young people in discovering more about their own heritage and have them documenting their findings through art and new media. The research...
Down at the Farm- Charity Family Fun Day

Down at the Farm- Charity Family Fun Day

Down at the Farm- Charity Family Fun Day Sunday 14th August 2016- 10am-3pm Location: Eco Centre on Home Farm, off Lodge Lane, Screveton, near Bingham, NG13 8JL. The Rosie May Foundation and Eco-Centre Community Care Farm are teaming up for a fun filled, farm themed day, to raise money for their joint agricultural projects in Nepal- helping grow sustainable crops and improving the livelihoods of rural families. At 10am we will be having a 5k Farm Fun Run/Walk, pre-registration fee is £5 (including a free BBQ token and charity wristband) with a minimum £5 sponsorship from your family and friends supporting you. The unique course promises to take you back to nature, so lace up your running shoes and get ready, set, go! We will also have a family nature trail with clues crossing arable, grass grazing and woodland with lots of beautiful wildlife and habitats to explore- which the Eco-Centre helps manage and sustain. Other competitions to enter include a British Scone Bake Off on the farm, goat racing and welly wanging- with great prizes including the opportunity to be a farmer for the day! The day is set to be fun, active and educational, perfect for families, so please join us for summer fun at the farm and raise money for a great cause. Please contact farmfamilyfunday@gmail.com for more information or to keep in the loop join the Facebook event via this link:...
Summer is here and kids have been taking to the water and getting their skates-on thanks to Nottinghamshire YMCA.

Summer is here and kids have been taking to the water and getting their skates-on thanks to Nottinghamshire YMCA.

Camp Williams, based at The Nottingham Emmanuel School and hosted by the Nottinghamshire YMCA, has added paddle sports and skateboarding sessions to an already jam-packed summer of outdoor and education activities. The local charity has a rich history dating back over 145 years in our city and county. It is committed to promoting healthy living opportunities as well as youth development. This summer sees YMCA camps get even bigger and better. To ensure children get the most rewarding experience possible, learn new skills and try something new the association has recruited a team of top outdoor experts and experienced tutors to lead everything from painting and music production to climbing, archery and much more. Outdoor Education Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA, and Great British Freestyle Kayaker, Gav Barker is thrilled to be leading paddle sports on the River Trent “We’ve put a lot of time into making sure the area is accessible and safe for our campers to really get stuck into the paddle sports.” “Kids love having a go at because taking to the river is not only fun and exciting, but you get the added bonus of enjoying the River Trent from a whole new perspective. It’s amazing!” What’s more, Nottinghamshire YMCA aims to ensure its summer camps are as accessible as possible by providing bursaries to those who otherwise would not be able to attend. At YMCA Camp Williams and YMCA Day Camps children and young people are provided with opportunities to form their own values, learning and identity through positive experiences. Day Camp dates and locations – Summer 2016: Week days from now until 1st September...