YOUNG people from YMCA Humber’s Immingham youth project helped celebrate the movement’s 172nd birthday with a special party at their regular youth group on Monday 6 June.
The youth club’s Monday slot fell on the 172nd anniversary of YMCA’s formation in London. George Williams, a draper founded YMCA due to concern over the welfare of his fellow workers.
Volunteers and young people at the project agreed that the best way to celebrate the anniversary would be to hold a birthday party, complete with food, music and party games, which would give them an opportunity to say thanks for all YMCA has done in their local community.
Over 40 young people attended the party at Immingham’s Resource Centre, on Margaret Street in the town, and group leader Jocelyn Dennis spoke about their contributions and how social media helped bring the event together.
She said: “We originally put a post on the group’s Facebook page to say that it would be YMCA’s 172nd birthday on Monday 6 June and we were then inundated with messages saying that the group would like to celebrate in some fashion.
“There were several ideas put forward but the most popular was to hold some sort of birthday party at our youth group on the Monday evening.
“It was overwhelming to see so many young people step forward and offer to supply food and games for the party.”
There was a tremendous spread of food, party games, including musical chairs, as well as the usual activities, such as arts and crafts, pool and table football.
Jocelyn continued: “Everyone who attended contributed some food or drink to the party spread, whether it be homemade cookies or just some snacks – each of the young people wanted to be a part of the event.
“There was a great atmosphere at the club and all the young people were very grateful for the work of YMCA, not just locally, but around the globe.”
Callum, 11, is one of the regular members of the club and he spoke of the difference YMCA has made to the Immingham community.
He said: “We would all like to thank YMCA for all they have done for us in Immingham.
“Monday nights are so much fun, it gives us the opportunity to do things we wouldn’t normally be able to do and to talk about what we would like to see in our local community.”
Megan, 13, also attends the club regularly and produced a piece of artwork celebrating YMCA’s 172nd birthday.
She added: “I really enjoy coming to the youth club each week and I wanted to make something that we could remember the occasion by and I always get into the arts and crafts each week, so it was nice to be able to give something back.”
For more information on YMCA birthday celebrations around the country, please visit YMCA England’s website.