We're all getting very excited here at YMCA Reading, it's that time of year when the decorations start to go up and we get ready for our very own visit from Father Christmas. We hope you will all join us on Saturday, 7th of December for our 2019 Christmas Bazaar. Santa will be in his grotto, and each child that visits will receive a present. There will be plenty of other activities to take part in, but my personal favourites will be the Bake-off, which will be judged on Friday the 6th and all baked goods will be sold at the Bazaar. (I'm not at all competitive, but I'm in it to win it!) We are still looking for volunteers to help out at the Bazaar, if you would like to help contact Rachel on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff members, Alison and Rachel, have outdone themselves getting top quality donations for our raffle this year. £1 gets you a ticket and there is a vast choice of exciting prizes for young and old.
Many thanks to all of you that have heard our call for Christmas day volunteers. Looks like we are in for a jolly Christmas with all of the generous support on offer. Many of our residents will go 'home' for Christmas, but for many 'home' is a particularly stressful place to be. We are open 24/7 and like to ensure all of our residents know that they have a safe, secure place to be on Christmas day and every day. Those that stay will not miss out on a home cooked Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Tony and I will both be in the kitchen this year, (hopefully with some of those volunteer sous chefs!). Last year our volunteers really went to town on the table decorations, the residents that stayed for lunch had a properly formal Christmas lunch.
I'm sure there will be more to update before the big day, so keep an eye out for any other activities that you may like to volunteer for or donate towards.
One other piece of YMCA news that will warrant an article in its own right - we have now appointed the contractors for our Milward Sports Centre refurbishment. Hillier Fox Contractors expect to be on site from the first of March for a period of 16 weeks. I will be writing to all user groups personally about this. While the Sport Centre will be closed for the duration, we are all really excited about the improvements that are coming. Again, please keep an eye on this space as I will be issuing regular progress reports! We are looking forward to the opportunities a refurbished Sports Centre will give us to open up better health and well-being services to our residents and also to our local community.
2020 is looking like a good year to be at YMCA Reading!