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With so much going on at YMCA there is lot's to talk about. Whether its our youth, staff or the people who use us we're sure you'll be impressed.

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Stop Motion starts the fun at The Y Holiday Programmes!

At The Y, we empower our young people in many ways. School Holiday programmes need to captivate and inspire everyone, from the youngest children to adolescents. Young people need care and support, and to have access to activities that are age appropriate.

Over the Christmas Summer Holiday Programme at The Y Hamilton, 11-15-year-olds attending the programme learnt the skills, techniques and worked in pairs to create their very own stop motion animated short film.

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Round the Bays with Raise Up

The Y was everywhere at March’s Round the Bays event. Runners, fundraisers, supporters... But the race couldn’t have gone on without the epic mahi of our awesome Raise Up volunteers. These passionate young people offered up their time to run the very necessary water stations across the route. With 6 stations in total across the racecourse, their role was integral for the runners’ and walkers’ well-being, preventing dehydration and offering uplifting cheers.

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Quiet Hour opens up North Shore gym to more users

Our North Shore team identified an opportunity to increase access to the gym; to reduce anxiety and sensory stress for customers with specific needs, such as autism, by providing a quieter and less stimulating environment in centre. Called ’quiet hour’, it recognises that people have different accessibility needs and creates an environment to match.

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Footsteps to friendship with Shakespear running club

Andy Rodgers, Shakespear Lodge’s manager, feels lucky to live and work in the community, and is eager to share the beauty with others, both with the lucky young people who attend camp, and with the local community. Sharing his insider knowledge of the tracks and paths around the park, he has created a running club for locals to join and share in the environment.

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The Y’s New Initiative: Mentoring the Future

In an exciting move, the Ministry of Development (MYD) has provided funding for The Y’s newest initiative, designed to uplift young New Zealanders facing adversity. This investment underscores MYD’s confidence in The Y’s proven expertise to guide vulnerable youth towards promising futures.

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GoldFit in Hamilton- Fitter than ever and winning everyone over

The Active Agers programme, a partnership between the Velodrome Cambridge and The Y Hamilton, was a finalist in the 2023 Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards for its outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of seniors in the Waikato community.

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Reflecting on the last year’s mahi - Annual Report

The Y North is proud to present our annual report for the year 2022-2023, a year that tested our resilience, adaptability, and commitment to our mission. Even in the face of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, chaotic weather, and a challenging social scape, The Y has continued to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and enjoy opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.

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The Happiness Project

We all want to experience more joy and laughter in our hectic and complex world, and to lead a life that is rich, rewarding, and fun. But sometimes, life gets in the way. You can feel burdened by your obligations, anxious from your problems, or dulled by your habits. Sometimes, you are just too exhausted, you get trapped in a cycle, or you feel too overwhelmed. But by managing some of the little things, when the world is so unpredictable, you can feel more like you are flourishing, not just coping. We have some small tips from the experts to share that could make 2024 a little smoother and a little brighter for you.

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Next Gen Fashion - Walk The Line

The Y's Walk the Line fashion event 2023 was a dazzling display of young talent and creativity, this youth run fashion show took over the runway during NZ Fashion Week. The audience was treated to a feast of colours, textures, and shapes, as well as some clever and innovative solutions to fashion challenges. The event was a testament to the passion and potential of our local youth, who proved that they could walk the line with confidence and flair.

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Engaging and Connecting with our Community at The Y

Our Statement of Services reporting connects how our mahi every day positively impacts young people and communities, with the mission of delivering strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. Our Statement of Services is a detailed reporting of how we serve, highlighting a snapshot of the positive benefit the Y has made in the community in the last 12 months.

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Giving our children the gift of wonder in our outstanding outdoors

How can we help our kids have a better balance between screens and nature? One of the best things we can do is to encourage them to go outside and explore the natural world. Nature offers many opportunities for kids to grow, learn, and have fun. Check out how The Y is working to ensure all kids get the opportunity to experience the benefits for well-being, belonging, discovery, education and movement in nature. The Y supports outdoor activities and programmes for children of all ages and abilities.

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Fighting for the Dream with Filimaea

The Y is a place where we help others realise their potential, but it doesn't stop with our members! The Y supports our staff to realise their own potential too. Find out more about our amazing lifeguard, Filimaea, and his boxing success.

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