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April 2008 edition of the newsletter for the YMCA in England
April 2008 edition of the newsletter for the YMCA in England

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The YMCA’s successful Aim High project – which helps YMCAsto work more effectively with young people – has been awarded£448,000 over three years to develop a regional support scheme.
The funding from the Department for Children, Schools and Families(DCSF) is to set up an Aim High Regional Franchise. This will offersupport and training to staff and volunteers that work with youngpeople at 45 YMCAs.Youth work development adviser Alison Dean said: ‘We aredelighted that the DCSF continues to endorse Aim High. This projectoffers better career development to YMCA workers and betterprogrammes for young people – it’s a real win-win!’ Aim High Regional Franchise was developed after a consultationfound that YMCAs prefer youth work standards to be achievedthrough continuous development with regional support. The resultsof the external evaluation have been compiled as report, Aim High05-08, which will be available in July 2008.The 45 YMCAs will be given professional development tools, adviceand funds to support 135 youth workers or volunteers, who willreceive accredited training. The funding will also be used to train 18part-time regional peer mentors who will be seconded to YMCAs,
inside:Thousands confirmedforYMCA Europe festivalSupporters’hopefor young offendersUpdatesfromaroundYMCA EnglandLearntodwellintheuncomfortable  Youngpeoplegetactivein politicsSummergardenpartyforYMCAsupporters
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More youth work training for young people
The Princes Trust has won funding to continue Youth Steps, for which the YMCA is a national delivery partner. Youth Steps is a training programme for youngpeople who want to take a first step to become a youth worker, particularly thosewho have few qualifications or reduced employment prospects.
‘With this successful bid, YMCA England can continue to be a lead partner in YouthSteps,’ added Alison. ‘The scheme offers young people an amazing opportunity to taketheir first steps to a career in working with young people.’If you have young people aged 17 to 25 interested in a career in youth work contact AlisonDean (details above). Youth Steps offers accredited training to VRQ level 1 in Youth Work.www.ymca.org.uk/youthsteps
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The next issue of
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will feature a review ofYMCA National Assembly 2008.Please send any events,news items or feedback (clearlymarked ‘for publication’) to:
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Learnto dwell inthe uncomfortable
Training at St Helens YMCA
Funding to promoteexcellencein youth work 
 Pip Wilson
 , trainer and group worker Growth does not reside in a place called comfortableHuman development does not reside in a place called certainty Wholeness does not reside in a place called self Freedom does not reside in a place called security 
There’s something rich about being poor. That sortof thing was said of the Master, who humans witha Christian faith – like myself – in our stumblingfumbling way, decided to follow. They said ofhim: ‘He who was rich became poor.’
How about applying that next time you are ina crowded room? Choose to talk with the leastattractive human rather than crowding aroundthe current YMCA personality?We’ve all heard about stepping outside our comfortzones. And I don’t doubt you step outside them inyour day-to-day work. How about consideringdeliberately stepping outside them?Choose to sit close to someone who is scary, loud,noisy, or smelly... Not oppressively close, but closeenough that some words may be naturallyexchanged. Hope that a better relationship maydevelop and, more importantly maybe, that youmay learn...I leave you with a blessing. To read it is to residein a place called comfortable. To absorb it is to dailyrefresh your irritation:
May God bless you with discomfort  At easy answers, half truths and superficial  relationships,So that you may live deep within your heart May God bless you with anger  At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.May God bless you with tearsTo shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,So that you may reach out your hand to comfort  and To turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishnessTo believe that you can make a difference in the world,So you can do what others claim cannot be doneTo bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor 
Uncomfortable is a healthy place to reside.pip@pipwilson.comwww.pipwilson.com
If you’d like to contribute to our backpage inspiritreflection contactpeter.shaw@england.ymca.org.uk
Youth work at Kingsonand Wimbledon YMCA.
and to promote and support theYMCA’s youth work Insync standards.The franchise aims to result in moreconfident and skilled youth workers withgreater support, a higher standard ofyouth work across the YMCA, and betteryouth programmes for more than5,000 young people.If you are interested in becoming apaid part-time regional mentor, or ifyou want to be one of the 45 YMCAsto benefit from the scheme contact Alison Dean on 07801 659 264 oralison.dean@england.ymca.org.uk
Blob Journey by Ian Long and Pip Wilson
Thousandsconfirmedfor YMCA Europe festival
 At the start of February more than 5,000 people had signed upto take part in YMCA Europe 2008. This includes over 400registrations from YMCAs in England.
YMCA Europe, which takes place in Prague from 3 to 9 August,promises to be the largest YMCA youth festival in Europe. The firstfestival took place in 2003, and the organisers are looking to doublethe number of young people taking part to 10,000.With tickets selling fast they are over halfway to achieving thatfigure. So don’t miss out on your place, for details of how to bookcontact Ken Montgomery onken.montgomery@england.ymca.org.ukor 01325 364690
Bands,artistsand performers...
The festival will feature a packed programme of arts, music, worship and speakers. A number of top-name artists and performers from across Europe and beyond have been confirmed to perform in Prague.
From the UK is DJ Mark Hill, who co-founded Artful Dodger in the late nineties and wrote hit garage trackssuch as Rewind, Woman Trouble and Moving Too Fast. He co-wrote and produced Craig David’s hit debutalbum, the multi-award winning Born to Do It. He has had more than 20 UK top 20 hits, two number ones andamassed over 15 million sales worldwide. As well as performing at the festival, Mark will run DJing workshops.From Malta comes singer/songwriter Ira Losco. Ira and her band have performed to sold-out audiences forthe past two years. She has played support to international stars like Katie Melua, Elton John, Akon, EnriqueIglesias, Maroon 5, Ronan Keating, Bob Geldof and Mel C.Pulz are a rock band from Switzerland that have close connections with YMCA projects in their home countryas well as in Belarus. Winners of several awards, Pulz recently won a Swiss battle of the bands competition.With their infectious gospel mix of funk, soul, R&B and traditional Nigerian rhythms, UK-based Four Kornerztake their audience on a musical journey to the ends of the world. Nominated for various awards, the bandrecently won Best Gospel Album at the 2007 Christian Broadcast Council Awards. Also performing on various stages will be young people from the many YMCA Ten Sing groups from acrossEurope. Other programme activities including speakers, workshops, drama and more performers will beannounced regularly in the weeks leading up to the festival.www.ymca2008.com
Calling allnewreaders
If you are reading this for the firsttime, it’s possibly because you’ve pickedone up in your National Assembly welcome bag. And if you’re wondering whatintouch is, it’s the newsletter for the YMCA in England – offering news, updatesand opportunities for all YMCA staff and volunteers. To join our mailing list andreceive a copy every four months email:peter.shaw@england.ymca.org.ukHope you enjoy the read!Peter Shaw, editor
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in volvedinprofile
 Anjan Mukherjee
General Secretary of the YMCA Indian Student Hostel
 A veteran of the YMCA for 35 years, Anjay first encountered the movementin 1973, when he joined the YMCA in Calcutta – rising to become generalsecretary in 1998. After serving for three years he joined the YMCA Indianational offices in Delhi.
The YMCA Indian Student Hostel is one of YMCA India’s nine national development projects. Launched in 1920,the hostel welcomes Indian students studying in the capital, is a cultural centre and conference facility. Anjay joined the YMCA Indian Student Hostel in 2007, and will serve as general secretary for three years.
Why did you choose to come to live in London?
My passage to the UK began in 1982 when I visited at the invitation of the YMCA in Portsmouth. I came backin 1986 to visit YMCAs in Wales for a three-month study tour. I also completed a professional course with theYMCA George Williams College.
What do you enjoy about visiting England?
I owe a lot to England, when I first visited my eyes were opened to the wide variety of opportunities the YMCAin England offers. I also enjoy the culture. I’m fond of old castles, cathedrals, monasteries and abbeys. I havefantastic friends here and I enjoy of theatre, particularly Shakespeare’s plays.
What links are there between YMCAs in the UK and India?
Calcutta YMCA and Swansea YMCA were twinned. We started what we called the International Work Camp in1985. A lot of people became YMCA leaders and volunteers through the work camp programme. One of thesewas a very good friend of mine, David Bedford [now chair of YMCA England’s National Board]. We recentlycaught up after nearly 20 years.
What can the YMCA in India offer to young people in England now?
You have to understand why they do what they do. Young people have often had such bitter experiences intheir families, which has left a scar in them. There’s a lot of emptiness in their lives. We at the YMCA of Indiawould love to help in any way we can to show them the alternative path of peace and reconciliation.Learn more about the current activities and history of the YMCA Indian Student Hostel here:www.indianymca.org
DJ Mark Hill
Four Kornerz
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Partnershipiskey toextended services
 Joy Namayanja
 , extended services advisor 
The first meeting of the extended servicesreference group took place in February. Madeup of representatives from YMCAs, 4Children,ContinYou and statutory organisations, the groupmade excellent progress.
Discussions on the day concentrated on thechallenge of designing sustainable extended serviceprogrammes – and we also looked at what supportYMCAs need to address these challenges.
The group felt that:
It is vital to establish trust between schoolmanagement teams and YMCAsYMCAs must identify the unique selling points thatmake them best suited to providing extendedservicesYMCAs must be strategically placed to contributefully to the development of activities and servicesYMCAs must form partnerships with key playersto identify gaps in provisionHead teachers will always want evidence ofhow extended services will impact on meetingtheir targets
 After school activities at West Bromwich YMCA
 Young people getactivein politics
 Zoe Harris
 , participation project coordinator 
More than 140 young people came to Claim Your Voice events in its first year, and we are lookingfor more YMCAs to take part in 2008.
The project now operates in the Midlands, SouthWest and North West regions. We are looking for moreyoung people in those areas to sign up for free trainingresidentials, which will take place in May and June2008. Places are limited so please book soon.Young people who participated in the project in 2007went on to host events attended by MPs and represent-atives from the police, Racial Equality and local council.Claim Your Voice is a three-year ElectoralCommission funded project that aims to increase thepolitical participation of young people aged 16 to 25who are involved with local YMCAs. The project offersyoung people the opportunity to get involved throughtraining residentials, local events and workshops.If you are interested and would like to find out more,please contact me: zoe.harris@england.ymca.org.ukor 020 7061 3325.www.claimyourvoice.org.uk
Pilotproject giveshopeto youngpeople in prison
Calum Thornton
 , project worker 
We recently ran a successful pilot xl club at HerMajesty’s Young Offenders Institute Wetherby in West Yorkshire. The pilot was the first xl clubto have been successfully run in a secureestablishment.
Prince’s Trust xl clubs target young people facingdifficulties in education. Deliberately informal, the clubsseek to re-engage and motivate young people. Clubmembers learn to take responsibility, develop socialskills and enjoy the benefits of teamwork.Out of 16 young people identified as individuals whocould benefit from the course, eight were selected totake part. All but two of the group stayed on until theend, one of these was released early and the othertransferred to another institute.The group set their own ground rules and timetable,and chose the topics they wanted to look at. Althoughinitially wary of each other, by the end of the six weeksthey worked well as a group – supporting and lookingout for each other.Working toward their bronze ASDAN award, thegroup decided to design a leaflet for young peoplenew to the prison system. The excellent user-friendlyintroduction was taken up by the induction staff atWetherby, which they now hand out to new inmates.Over the weeks I learnt a lot about the young people.They were fun to be with and worked hard – nothing likethe bad stories I’d heard from other areas of the prison.Those that are still here when the next course startswant to take their silver ASDAN award.Staff from YMCA England’s Offenders Services Unitwill be at National Assembly in April, and we are happyto talk about our work and how your YMCA can getinvolved. Look out for the team at coffee breaks!www.prisonsunit.ymca.org.uk
The clubs seek to re-engageand motivate young people.
Southampton YMCA Claim Your Voice team
Supporters’hopeforyoung offenders
 Rajesh Bhayani 
 , head of direct marketing and legacies
We’ve been busy over the last few monthsraising awareness of the work of the YMCA, andcelebrating its achievements. Homelessness is stilla key focus for appeals, but recent communicationwith existing and potential supporters hashighlighted our work in prisons and Step-In youth homelessness project.
Last September we wrote to supporters asking theirviews on young people and offending behaviour. Theresponse was very positive in terms of both quantityand quality. We receivedmore than 2,000 responses,with the great majority ofsupporters expressingoptimism about the futureprospects of young ex-offenders. See the chart,right, for details.Recently we also expandedour FreshStart supporternewsletter, allowing us toshare more YMCA storieswith supporters. The March2008 issue featuresselected highlights from YMCAs across the countryincluding Sunderland, Guildford and Eastbourne.To order your copy contactCharlene Vallory, direct marketing officer,oncharlene.vallory@england.ymca.org.ukor 020 7061 3331.
We have received more than 160 letters fromsupporters in response to our January RoomSponsorsupdate. Updates are sent quarterly and includepersonal letters from RoomSponsor residents.Here’s an extract from a letter received from a supporterin response to a progress update from Oliver, the youngperson she supports through monthly donations:‘I was thrilled to learn how Oliver has continuedto develop and grow in confidence, and is clearlydetermined to make the most of all the opportunitieswith which he has been provided. I express myadmiration for all that you do to enhance the livesof the young people who come to you for help.I’m delighted to be associated with it.’
SUPPORTERSURVEY : Young people and offending
With the right support, do you believe a young person thathas committed a crime can turn their life around?
agreed –
By addressing young people’s spiritual and physical needsare vulnerable young people less likely to turn to crime?
agreed –
Did you know that YMCA work with young offenderssignificantly reduces re-offending?
said yes
FreshStart newsletter
The main conclusion drawn at the meeting washow important it is to build relationships and work inpartnership with key organisations, such as schools.
Coming soon –
the full results of a mappingexercise undertaken into existing YMCA provision of extended services.

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