Ian Maddocks, a new member of staff at the YMCA, recently became the WKO Thai Boxing World Champion. Just 4 years ago, Ian was living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He had lost his family and his job and realised he needed to turn things around. Ian says he’s now in the…



Summer Fun in Crewe!

The countdown has begun for the YMCA Holiday Villages taking place across Crewe throughout August. There will be circus acts, bug shows, hot dogs, face painting, games, a bouncy castle – all free for children and families. On Mondays, we’ll be on the Derby Docks field; on Tuesdays, it’s the Sherborne Pocket Park; on Wednesdays…



Sherborne Fun Day

Dozens of local residents came together to enjoy a Community Fun Day at the Pocket Park on Sherborne Road. Kids loved the bouncy castle, face painting, jenga and football, and it was great to have local police and fire service join us. Ben Minshull, our Mayor, and Laura Smith, our MP, enjoyed chatting with everyone…



Resident Reps

Interviews for Resident Reps took place recently at YMCA Crewe. Applicants listened to a presentation about the role and then shared why they thought they would make a good Resident Rep, outlining their thoughts about improvements that might be made. There were some excellent initial ideas put forward by the successful candidates – Nicky, Dan,…



Canapés and Fascinators

As part of YMCA England’s 175 anniversary celebrations, YMCA Crewe was asked to nominate someone to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. We were delighted to suggest that David, our Buildings Manager, be given this opportunity – a fitting tribute to 26 years of loyal service.



Family Drop Ins

Our family work is growing! We are delighted to have started a number of new groups in Crewe, opportunities for parents and carers to get together to share tips, talk over problems and relax, with or without the kids. We have games and toys for the pre-schoolers, and enjoy having a brew and a bacon…



Apprentice Week

The Apprentice Week offered YMCA residents the opportunity to challenge themselves by creating and delivering a business of their own. To do this, they were given several tasks throughout the week that helped them develop a more pragmatic mindset in relation to money. On Monday, they were tasked with purchasing ten items for the least…



MPs visit YMCA Crewe

John Healey (Shadow Secretary of State for Housing) and Laura Smith (our local MP) visited YMCA Crewe to chat with residents and staff and have a tour of our premises in Gresty Road. They were joined by local councillors Dorothy Flude and Steve Hogben. All the visitors were keen to find out from residents about…



Ignition – an excellent service!

YMCA Crewe were invited by Cheshire East Council Children’s Services to attend the annual ceremony for the LGC Awards at Grosvenor House, in London on 13th March. This is the biggest celebration of excellence in local government. Cheshire East had been shortlisted for an award in the Public/Private/Voluntary Partnership category for their work in developing…




We have been working hard on developing GLOscape, a programme created by YMCA Crewe, that changes the landscape of young people from  surviving and coping, – into a thriving future of increasing Growth Life  and Opportunity. We were delighted to hear that we have been awarded an additional two years of funding by the Paul…