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Debbie’s Blog

Sleep Easy 2020 – all you need is a warm heart (warm clothes and a sleeping bag)

Having only joined YMCA Humber some 10 months ago, it was my first Sleep Easy event in February 2019. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect and found myself well and truly out of my comfort zone.

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Debbie’s Blog #4 – Celebrating YMCA History

Last month YMCA Humber had the privilege of hosting the first stop-off of a national tour of a history exhibition celebrating 175 years of the YMCA. The tour started in London and is only visiting 10 locations and so it was an honour for Grimsby to be the first week-long calling point.

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Debbie’s Blog #3 – Are we suggesting that homelessness is a lifestyle choice for many?

Last week I watched 60 Days on the Streets; the first one-hour documentary in a series of three being shown on Channel 4.  The first hour focused on Ed Stafford’s few days sleeping rough in the center of Manchester and showed a number of rough sleepers, giving a minor glimpse into their daily routines.

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Debbie’s Blog #2 – Nobody wants to be homeless

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve realised that for the whole of my life I’ve taken something for granted.  I don’t know why it’s taken me until now, but it has.  I’ve come to realise that not everyone in this world experiences unconditional love.

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Debbie’s Blog #1 – First Impressions

Hello!  I’m writing this after my first 4 days as the new CEO at YMCA Humber.  I was really keen to come back to the charity sector where my heart truly lies, and my first four days have not disappointed.  It’s been an action-packed start, a pace I’ll look to continue, and I’ve loved hearing about the work that we’re doing.  The team at YMCA Humber have given me a warm welcome and I’m hugely grateful for that.

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