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YMCA Newark and Sherwood Activity Village offers ways to help the vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire

As the festive season approaches, a charity is asking people to lend a hand to the less fortunate.

The YMCA has extended a heartfelt invitation to embrace the spirit of giving as they ask people to make donations for their residents.

In the seasonal spirit of giving, the YMCA asks if you could help with their Gift Appeal by generously donating essential items that bring warmth and cheer to residents under their care.

Donating to YMCA residents can make a world of difference during the festive season, said a spokesman from the YMCA.

Young people under the care of the charity appreciate toiletries, warm clothing, and homeware like mugs or bowls,

Children have asked for toys, festive food, and engaging activities such as books or board games, added the spokesman.

Gifts can be dropped off at the YMCA Activity Village, Lord Hawke Way, Newark. .

For those seeking new gift ideas and ways to support those in need, the YMCA said more information can be found on their website at:

https://ymcanewarksherwood.org/christmas to discover where to drop off presents for young people in their care and to explore further options.

Helen Lambert, director of supported housing at YMCA, said, “Last year, YMCA provided safe, local homes and support to 1,209 homeless people and 18 children.

"Our focus goes beyond mere provision; it's about empowering young individuals, fostering skills, and nurturing confidence.

"The values of honesty, care, respect, and responsibility drive our purpose to ensure everyone, irrespective of their background, has a fair chance to discover who they are and what they can become.”

The YMCA also has memberships to the Activity Village in Newark discounted by 30% for three or six months.

There are also a variety of vouchers for the climbing facilities and cafe at the facility.

These funds help people in the YMCA’s care.

People can also buy a commemorative stone with a personalised message in the YMCA Activity Village, or become a room sponsor to provide shelter, education, and mental health support to young people.

For more details, visit their website here.

"In supporting their broader mission, YMCA operates supported housing for homeless young people and residential care homes for children across the region," said a spokesman from the charity.

"The YMCA is committed to providing safe homes and assistance to the community's most vulnerable."

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