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Date published: 18th December 2017

SleepEasy 2018 – Registration is now live!

YMCA Cardiff SleepEasy 2018

SLEEP ROUGH SO OTHERS DON’T HAVE TO.

REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE!

 

About the SleepEasy 2018 Event

Sleeping rough on the streets is something that many of our residents at YMCA Cardiff have experienced first-hand. Finding it difficult to continue in education or employment, homeless people are more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, have poor mental and physical health, more likely to self-harm, require emergency health services and face considerable barriers in accessing the care they need.

Today thousands of people have to leave their homes due to family conflict, violence and physical or sexual abuse, and differences of opinions over cultural expectations. Despite these challenges many have strong aspirations and ideals. With professional support, YMCA Cardiff is able to provide them with a future.

That is why we are asking you to take part in one of our two SleepEasy Challenges. The aim of SleepEasy is to raise much needed funds to support our services, and to highlight the plight of the homeless.

 

 

SleepEasy Sleepover – register here

Date: Any night during 1st – 31st March 2018

Venue: This year, we are encouraging people who are unable to make it to the main event, to hold their own satellite events. This could be at your local church, school, workplace, college, home or any other safe place. Registration Fee/Donation £5

 

SleepEasy Sofa Surfers – register here

Date: Any night during 1st – 31st March 2018

Venue: Why not highlight the plight of people who Sofa Surf because they don’t have a home of their own. We would welcome anyone of any age to register

as a SleepEasy Sofa Surfer, spending a night sleeping on a sofa whilst getting your family and friends to sponsor you. Registration Fee/Donation £3

 

To help you fundraise you can:

  • Open your own online fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cardiffymca-housingassociation/sleepeasy2018 then circulate a link to your friends. You can even add to the site the value of donations raised using your sponsorship form.
  • Download a sponsorship form here. Make sure that everyone knows that you will be taking part in a SleepEasy Event and give out sponsorship forms so that they can raise money for you too.
  • Make a *BACS payment – ideal, if anyone wants to match fund a participant, or if you know someone who would like to make a sizeable donation. To avoid the surcharge of online giving please email the event co-ordinator mandy.caddy@ymcacardiff.wales for payment details.
  • Send in a *cheque – which should be made payable to Cardiff YMCA Housing Association Ltd. Please post to: Mandy Caddy, SleepEasy Co-ordinator, YMCA Cardiff (HA), The Walk, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AG.

*Please download a Gift Aid form and ensure it is signed and includes the postcode.

 

FAQs

 

How do I pay in my sponsorship money?

  1. Preferably, ask you sponsors to make their donation directly through your own JustGiving fundraising page. You may also use your fundraising page to pay in any cash donations.
  2. Send in a cheque made payable to ‘Cardiff YMCA Housing Association Ltd’ for the attention of: Mandy Caddy (Event Co-ordinator) YMCA SleepEasy Challenge, Cardiff YMCA Housing Association, The Walk, Cardiff CF24 3AG – by the 30th April if possible please.
  3. Make your payment (cash/cheque or card) at the YMCA reception desk at The Walk, Roath, Cardiff, between 8.30am – 7.30pm Monday to Friday & 8.30am – 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday. (Please give reception staff your name and contact details, and let them know that your payment relates to a SleepEasy Event).
  4. Make a donation on your phone from £1 up to £10 by textingYMCA40 and either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070. Texts are free and we will receive 100% of your donation.

 

Don’t limit fundraising to sponsorship.

Sales, raffles, auctions and collections all offer alternative ways to bring in additional funds. E.g. Sell SleepEasy excuses to your friends and family. These could range from a cast iron excuse for £5, to a feeble one at £10. You could print ‘I’ve been excused’ SleepEasy stickers for those who can’t take part but have made a donation.

Encourage friends and workmates to use their social networking sites to ask their contacts to either join in or sponsor you. And don’t forget to speak to your employers. Last year two people were match funded by their employers. Put a link to your fundraising page on your email signature and put posters up in your common room, company newsletter, and intranet. And don’t forget to promote on Facebook.

And remember – you don’t have to sleep rough to get involved!

We need volunteers to promote, fundraise, sponsors, and entertain participants. Please get in touch with the Event Co-ordinator if you can help in any way.

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops on Wellfield Road and Albany Road in Roath, Cardiff.

 

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Date published: 11th December 2017

YMCA obtains national Youth Quality Mark- Bronze award

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve passed our assessment for the Welsh Government’s Quality Youth Mark award and have just obtained the bronze level award.

This is great news for us as an organisation and the young people that we support as it validates our work to a national standard/framework.

Well done to our great team of staff, young people who helped us during the assessment and partner agencies who spoke so positively about working with us- we really appreciate it!

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 25th September 2017

YMCA Running vests for the Cardiff Half Marathon

For those running the Cardiff Half on 01 October for the YMCA, your running vests are going out in the post tonight, first class.

Please look out for them. Good luck from us all for Sunday and thanks once again for agreeing to run and raise money for us!

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 5th September 2017

YMCA Plas- new telephone number

We have a new number!

The number for the YMCA Plas centre is now 029 2046 4463.
Please use this for any contact you have with the centre. 

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 25th August 2017

Looking to hire a room, gym or theatre space- try YMCA Cardiff

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 3rd August 2017

Cardiff Round Table joins YMCA Cardiff Housing Association’s #RoomsRevolution

Cardiff Round Table has joined the #RoomsRevolution and is sponsoring 3 hostel rooms at YMCA Cardiff Housing Association for the next year.

Room Sponsors provide a place where a vulnerable person can feel hopeful again. Changing a life takes time, so most people stay for at least four months – and many longer. Here they can get the advice and support they need to regain confidence, develop skills and get in to work or education.

Sadly Cardiff saw a 77% increase in homelessness last year according to Welsh Government statistics. You only have to take an early morning walk around the city centre to witness the reality of this problem. YMCA Cardiff Housing Association is the largest hostel provider in the City providing 128 beds every night to homeless men and women.

When asked about the rise in numbers YMCA Chief Executive, Andrew Jenkins said “Unfortunately the problem is getting worse year on year and the challenges the homeless population face are getting greater. Here at YMCA we aim to give someone a safe place to stay and a better future. Our aim is to provide everyone that comes through our doors the opportunity to improve their lives, by providing the support they need to gain new skills, improve their health and financial independence.”

Andrew continued “We cannot thank Cardiff Round Table enough for showing their support in this way.  Becoming a Room Sponsor will have a profound effect on the lives of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. The money donated via our Room Sponsor scheme goes straight to the heart of the problem – giving a safe, warm bed for the night and hope.”

For more information about our Room Sponsor scheme please contact Mandy Caddy at YMCA Cardiff Housing Association, email: mandy.caddy@ymcacardiff.wales

 

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 28th June 2017

Thank you to @Goodgym Cardiff volunteers

Massive thank you to all the volunteers from @Goodgym who ran over to YMCA Plas last night, blitzed our car park and courtyard and then continued on with their run. Our centre looks amazing and all done in 30mins. You guys are amazing. Diolch

 

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 27th June 2017

Youth Work week 23-29 June 2017

We’re celebrating national youth work week today in the Sennedd in Cardiff Bay.

Come and join us and support youth work services across Wales.

 

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 16th May 2017

Vote for your Future- Register to vote

Only 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the last election, the lowest of any age group, despite having the most to gain and the most to lose. This needs to change if you want to see decision makers make you a priority through policies that will positively impact on your lives and prospects.

The message is simple: register and, on Thursday 8 June, take to the polls and vote.

By signing up, finding out what local candidates can offer and making an informed choice on polling day, you can make sure your voice is heard by the next Government.

 

We have a range of meeting rooms (and a theatre) available at our main site in the Walk in Cardiff and also at our other site YMCA Plas. You can hire by the hour or by the day (7 days a week) and there is the option of refreshments and food available also (available only Mon-Fri) Click on the main Room Hire Link to see the options available or give us a call to discuss your requirements. Why not book at the YMCA and support our charitable work.

Visit our  Charity Shops in Wellfield Road and  Albany Road. Roath, Cardiff 

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Date published: 9th May 2017

Cardiff Half Marathon (1 October 2017) – Free places

Guaranteed charity place

If you are ready for the challenge of running the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon this year, we have places available on Team YMCA for 2017 and we would love to hear from you!

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