Journey to Wellness and other poems by Becca

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Becca has such talent and a real gift for writing, using it as a means of distraction and as an outlet to express their thoughts when struggling with their mental health. Becca is always happy to share their poems with others in the daily wellbeing group at Nightingale House and they always have a positive…

The World is for Everyone, a poem by Julie Austin

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Do you hear my voice? I’m standing near, Do you see my face? Full of doubt, and fear Doubt that I belong, Fear I will fall I need to be strong, I need to stand tall.   What can I bring, I still have plenty I can do most things I did at twenty Behind…

Thank You: a Film Dedicated to Our Amazing Staff Team!

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2020 started like most other years, with hope for a good year, a new decade and many opportunities ahead. By February the threat of Coronavirus was starting to feel all too real. By March the country was in full lockdown. The roads were empty, streets deserted and loo roll was a rare commodity! During this unprecedented…

Being the YMCA Liverpool and Sefton Safeguarding Lead

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So over the past couple of weeks I have been really busy looking at our organisations safeguarding, reviewing cases and consulting with our staff.   I have developed some bespoke training sessions for our teams and have really focussed these upon training gaps and reoccurring challenges in responding to safeguarding concerns.  I have delivered four…

We’ve signed the Liverpool Safeguarding Pledge!

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YMCA Liverpool and Sefton have signed up the Liverpool’s Safeguarding Pledge 2020. Check out this video of our Chief Executive Ellie McNeil reading aloud part of the pledge, along with fellow members of Liverpool Safeguarding Adults Board: https://youtu.be/v_q9jtkFyag For more information about Merseyside Adult Safeguarding Board visit: https://www.merseysidesafeguardingadultsboard.co.uk/ #SafeguardingAdultsWeek #MakingSafeguardingPersonal  

20th November, Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance an annual observance honouring the memory of transgender & gender diverse people whose lives have been lost during the last twelve months in acts of anti-transgender violence. A total of 3664 trans and gender diverse people were reported as killed in 75 countries between January 2008 and September 2020….

Transgender Awareness Week 2020: The Year I Met Charlie

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  “When I was 21, I met Charlie, he was happy, relaxed and looked free. I met Charlie when I needed him most. I was slowly running out of labels to help on my way to be happy, tomboy, lesbian, butch, female…. Charlie opened my eyes and showed me the way. When I was 21,…