YMCA: Volunteers are invaluable

May I, through your newspaper, express my thanks to the many people who volunteer their time to help at Scarborough YMCA.

Volunteers are involved in so many ways, including leading and helping with activities, creating costumes, helping backstage, operating sound, lighting and welcoming audiences to the 290-seat theatre, as well as helping to raise much-needed funds for the charity and sitting on our Board of Management.

People volunteer at Scarborough YMCA for many reasons. Some get involved because their children are attending activities and they (the parents) want to help support them. Others volunteer to develop new skills, meet new friends or gain experience that will help with job-hunting. Volunteering is a particularly good way for anyone looking to get back into work to re-gain the self-confidence they may have lost. It’s also great for anyone who has retired who doesn’t want their skills to go to waste.

We are always looking for more people to join our volunteer team and welcome people getting in contact at any time. In addition, on the first Tuesday of most months we run an informal drop-in session in the YMCA Theatre coffee bar for those wanting to find out more. These sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about what goes on at Scarborough YMCA, how volunteers support that, and how to get involved.

With over 100,000 people coming through our doors each year, it is clear that without volunteers, Scarborough YMCA could not offer so many fantastic opportunities to so many local young people.

What we do at the YMCA makes a real difference to young people’s lives - our activities give them greater self-confidence as well as enabling them to learn new skills and gain valuable experience. Without volunteers, that simply could not happen and I would like to thank every single one of them for their time and commitment.

Steve Marsh,

Executive Director,

YMCA Scarborough

St Thomas Street

Scarborough