As the festive season approaches, YMCA extend a heartfelt invitation to embrace the spirit of giving with a special selection of Christmas gifts for loved ones or donations for their residents. Each idea represents more than just material presents but directly contributes to the YMCA wider purpose.

If you’re Christmas shopping for someone special or treating yourself these aren’t your usual stocking fillers. For instance, what about gifting unlimited activities at the YMCA Village for three or six months—now discounted by 30%. Or for the thrill seekers on your list, there are climbing vouchers with options suitable for all abilities and ages and for coffee aficionados vouchers for the YMCA Café and coffee gift sets.

Among other gift ideas, YMCA Walkway Stones stand as a timeless way to commemorate loved ones, each stone engraved with personalised messages, set on a path at the YMCA Village. Or, becoming a RoomSponsor directly contributes to providing shelter, mental health support, and educational opportunities for these vulnerable young adults.

Donating to YMCA residents can make a world of difference during the festive season. For young people 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. Explore YMCA’s Christmas gift ideas on their website and you can drop off presents at the YMCA Village in Newark to truly make a difference this Christmas.

Helen Lambert, Director of Supported Housing at YMCA, underscores the charity’s commitment and the breadth of their support, “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.”

Discover where to drop off presents for young people in their care and to explore further options for gift ideas.

Christmas at YMCA Village