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Saturday 3rd February

Today we would like to introduce you to our very own Chief Executive Chris Hand as he shares with you a few words of wisdom and reflection on this his 32nd anniversary of working for the YMCA: If you knew th...

Friday 2nd February

This week has seen the finishing touches being put to the pre-school room of our new Nursery in Andover which opened towards the end of last year. This community branch is the start our our strategic vision t...

Thursday 1st February

Today is 'Time to Talk Day - recognising those with mental health problems and the need for someone to talk to about these issues. This need to connect comes in many different forms whether that be the need t...

Wednesday 31st January

As part of National Storytelling Week, we spoke to Sarah Terry, the Manager of our YMCA Weston Pre-school about the value and power of storytelling to children.  Storytelling is something we all do natur...

Tuesday 30th January

Today is National Puzzle Day and we wanted to share with you a few ideas on how you can use puzzles to support your children and have a little bit of fun yourself along the way. We asked Maria our Early Years...

Monday 29th January

Last year we were lucky enough to establish a relationship with the RSPCA after Richard our Fairthorne Manor Director went along to the ARK in Stubbington to make a personal donation. In no time at all he got...

Sunday 28th January

National storytelling week effects many of our services and not just our nurseries and pre-schools. Our Community Library in Weston are all over it: "A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood, a ...

Saturday 27th January

Working with a really great bunch of people does help the day go quicker and with lots more fun! In previous years the team at Fairthorne Manor has been made up of international volunteers from countries far ...

Friday 26th January

Tomorrow kicks of the start of National Storytelling Week (23rd January - 3rd February) and we will be bringing you stories as we go next week as part of the 60 Days of Positivity. But here is a nice story ab...

Thursday 25th January

Today is National Young Carers Awareness Day, and as an organisation this means a lot to us. Not only do we run the largest young carers festival at our Fairthorne Manor every year - where over 1500 young car...