Ukraine Crisis – Hope – Poem by Francesca Tolond

Hope I watch the horror unfolding The terror of brother against brother The threat to the world One man’s desire to have everything Lent has begun – a time of giving up A time of prayer A time of contemplation A time leading to Celebration, Death and Resurrection My prayer is for peace Peace and...

Trustee Treasurer Opportunity

Position: Trustee Treasurer (voluntary position) Responsible to: Board of Trustees Responsible for: Strategic and Financial governance oversight Term of Office: Appointed for 4 years, but may be re-elected for a second term THE ROLE We are looking to appoint a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. The overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an...

Tom’s Fundraising Page

I will be sleeping rough for one night so others don’t have to, supporting the work Cheltenham YMCA does with the homeless across Gloucestershire. YMCA Cheltenham works with some of the most vulnerable people in our society providing more than 47,000 bed nights per year of supported accommodation for the homeless and those requiring a…

Amin’s Story

Amin's Story “I fled the war in Sudan in 2016. It was not safe for me to live there anymore with all the violence that was happening. When I came to Gloucester I found myself homeless. After a short period of time living in NASS (National Asylum Support Service) accommodation and spent my time sofa surfing...

Amy’s story

Amy's Story I came to YMCA Cheltenham in June 2017. When I arrived I was on probation and a suspended sentence and on a compulsory order to engage with the drugs and alcohol services. My life was pretty messed up, I had lost everything including my dog and I won’t lie to you the idea...

Cassandra’s story

Cassandra's story Being a young girl of 18 and homeless did scare me, not knowing what was going to happen. This wasn’t the first time I became homeless and the thought of going back into a B&B again wasn’t an option. I was stuck. The embarrassment of my situation made me hesitant to tell anyone,...

Simon’s Story

Simon's Story Kicked out of home at 17, Simon* had to deal with the harsh reality of being homeless and spent a night on the streets before being signposted to YMCA Cheltenham.  He was still at school, studying for his A-levels.  "My situation was desperate and I moved into YMCA straight away and was given...

Tom’s Story

Tom's Story At 16, Tom* left home following a relationship breakdown with his parents.  He was homeless, getting into crime and doing “stupid stuff”.  He moved constantly and, in his own words, he “lost his head for a time”. He decided he wanted to move back to Cheltenham as he was feeling lost, away from...

Mark’s story

Mark's Story I arrived at the YMCA following the breakdown of a long-term relationship.  I had lost everything – my home, my job, my best friend – everything that I had worked towards. I had even lost my confidence.  When I first arrived at the YMCA, all I needed was a bed and a roof,...