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Case Studies from the Sector: YMCA Trinity Group

YMCA Trinity Group is part of a federation of over 116 YMCAs across England and Wales. Our vision is to help create supportive, inclusive and transforming communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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After months away from play areas, the children of Lowestoft have been treated to a brand-new adventure! Designed to teach children key social interaction skills, as well as road safety and Maths, the new area looks pretty exciting. It features road markings, raised flower beds, a zebra crossing – and even a pretend car wash.

The outdoor space was transformed thanks to the YMCA’s work, and the kind-hearted support from local companies Apec Groundworks Ltd, Taydal Surfacing and Cullum Line. Now the area can provide care for up to 55 children at any one time aged between two and twelve years.

Kim Streater, Childcare Manager at St. Margaret’s Road, said she was delighted that they could give the children a safe and secure place to play.

“The space will be much needed for our children, following many months away from the setting, and will really support their mental and physical wellbeing,” she said. “At all YMCA Childcare settings, we believe that children deserve the best possible start to their education. Families now have access to a play area filled with activities that are carefully designed to engage and develop children and support their learning.”

Several other local companies such as Mark Botwright Tree Services, Lound Garden Centre and AW Removals Lowestoft also helped on the project, with support ranging from donating bark, clearing the garden waste and supplying and planting the sensory area. YMCA Childcare St Margaret’s Road is now open Monday to Friday all year round for those who’d like to visit.

In the last year alone, 51 children transitioned from YMCA Childcare to school and 100% of children had positive outcomes through the progress shown in their learning journeys.

It’s clear that support from organisations like the YMCA is just as vital as ever.