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Upcoming Events

We have some exciting events coming up here at YWCA Yorkshire! Here are some dates to add to your diary:

Sheffield 10k – Sunday 24th September

This September a number of teams will be running the Sheffield 10k to raise funds for YWCA Yorkshire. Six teams, including one made up of members of the Academy of Chief Executives, and another of staff from YWCA Yorkshire, will be running the race – hope you are all training hard! It would be great to have as many people as possible cheering them on during the day. There is more information about the route and timings here.

BUMMIT

We would like to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in this year’s BUMMIT event, organised by Sheffield University.

BUMMIT is part of the University’s RAG (Raising and Giving) society, which raises money for local and international charities every year. BUMMIT is a hitchhiking adventure, where participants travel to a specific destination by hitchhiking or “bumming” lifts – hence the name! Established as a one-off trip in 2003, the event has grown every year and is now internationally recognised. Participants are permitted to use public transport, but the spirit of the event is to get lifts from drivers on their way. All the students taking part wear a bright coloured hoodie with details on, and travel in small groups. Each student is expected to raise a minimum of £250 sponsorship.

Different But Equal Event

On Thursday 27th July, two of our lovely staff members from Rotherham Services attended the Different But Equal event at the Carlton Park Hotel. Beci from the Early Help Team, and Lisa from YPTS, attended the event, which had been organised by the Different But Equal Board, in partnership with the Voice and Influence Partnership and Rotherham Children, Young People and Families’ Consortium.

Developing the Doncaster Children’s Plan

Recently Doncaster Council has consulted with young people and professionals in the local area as part of it’s 3 year plan to improve young people’s prospects and what is required to provide an environment suitable for young people to thrive.

The consultation events were held at Cast on 13th May and Keepmoat Stadium on 23rd May, an identified several key priorities which will be included in the 3 year plan.

Sheffield Volunteers’ Fair

YWCA Yorkshire is looking for volunteers!

Recently, 2 of our staff members and one of our current volunteers attended a volunteers fair held by Voluntary Action Sheffield at their volunteers centre off Division Street. This was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the available voluntary positions within the Charity and gain interest amongst existing volunteers in the local area.

International Women’s Day at Peile House

YWCA Yorkshire has been holding a number of events to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017.

Recently, Peile House residents and Project Workers completed and exercise in self empowerment, and redesigned the Welcome banner which hangs in the hostel reception. The theme was inspirational women, and the residents were asked to write the names of the women who have inspired their lives and any inspirational quotes and message they would like to pass on to new residents as they come to live at Peile House.

BUMMIT 2017!

Bummit is a charity fundraising event run by students at The University of Sheffield. Every year, participating students attempt to hitchhike to a neighbouring EU country and raise large sums of money for 5 chosen charities; last year Bummit raised a huge £85,000 which was split between the charities involved!

YWCA Yorkshire has been lucky enough to be chosen this year as one of the 5 sponsored charities. You can find out about the other charities involved this year by reading on below and clicking on the links to their respective websites. The Bummit crew will be hitchhiking all the way to Riga in Latvia this year; this 9 day experience will be happening over the Easter break, and we can’t wait to see all of the students off on their adventure. Bummit is currently the worlds largest student organised hitchhiking group with approximately 400 people taking part each year. 

Residents’ Participation

We’ve recently been holding interviews at our Peile House project to hire new Project Workers to work alongside residents. As this is such an important part of the role, we have involved our service users in the interview process and taken their views into account alongside the professional interviews. One of our participating service user had this to say about the process:

Safer Internet day – February 7th 2017

Today is Safer Internet Day, an event which has been organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission. The aim is to educate children of all ages and their parent or carer to the dangers of the internet but also to how the internet can be used safely and in a fun way. This February thousands of people will be uniting to raise awareness of online safety issues and participate in events and activities right across the globe.

Rotherham Christmas party

We have recently had a fantastic Christmas party with the residents and service users of the Rotherham branch of YWCA Yorkshire. We had a fantastic turnout with lots of families taking part. Staff provided food and presents were given out courtesy of Anne Levick and the generosity of the VAR Christmas gifts appeal, which seems to get bigger and better every year!