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We’re opening a new shop – Unwanted items and volunteers needed

We’re proud to announce that we’re opening a brand new charity shop in Rotherham. The shop will be located at 89 Laughton Road, Dinnington, Rotherham, S25 2PN. The addition of a shop in Rotherham is part of our exciting plans to expand the charity and increase the services that we offer to young women and children.

We need your help to ensure that the new shop is full on opening day. We need your unwanted items and we’re even happy to collect these in the Rotherham area. Here’s a list of the items that we desperately need:

YWCA Yorkshire congratulates Rotherham Children’s Services

This week it has been confirmed that Rotherham Council’s Children’s Services has been transformed from a ‘failing’ service to a ‘Good’ one in a recent Ofsted report conducted at the tail end of 2017. Previously a report in 2014 found “widespread and serious failures” within the Council in relation to their child protection services.

Following an intense four-week re-inspection in November last year, Ofsted have revealed the new rating. In their report inspectors said the local authority has made “significant improvement”, including protecting those children at risk of sexual exploitation.

Run for Women – Sheffield Half Marathon 8th April 2018

Would you like to challenge yourself to your limit and raise money for young women’s emergency accommodation centres throughout South Yorkshire? Then why not take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon for YWCA Yorkshire.

We’re starting a campaign called Run For Women, which encourages runners of all abilities to race under the banner of the YWCA in Yorkshire. We’re Yorkshire’s leading registered charity for the provision of accommodation and support to vulnerable young women, which includes our own housing service based right here in Sheffield.

We’d like to thank the Academy of Chief Executives for their massive support over the last year.

The Academy has given complementary membership to our Chief Executive Tracy Gollins and offered her support, networking opportunities, coaching and friendship. The charity has benefited enormously from this blossoming relationship; with fundraising and personal donations being received from Academy members, amongst a whole host of generous contributions to YWCA Yorkshire.

YWCA gets into the Christmas spirit by taking 18 families to the pantomime

This week we managed to secure 64 tickets to take a large number of families to the pantomime at the CAST Theatre in Doncaster. We’d like to thank the Family Holiday Association as without their generosity, none of this would have been possible.

Our annual event helps mark a successful year for the YWCA where we’ve seen record numbers of families helped by our services. The pantomime, a Christmas classic for all to enjoy was given to us at a reduced price by the CAST Theatre in Doncaster.

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.