•  “I suffer with mental health problems and I feel safe coming to the YMCA. They have given me confidence to face the world.” – AS (volunteer)
  • I joined the gym to fill in my time and I tried a class which I now do three on a regular basis. I have made new friends and we have a laugh, go for coffee afterwards and I am healthier and fitter than I was 20 years ago”. What would I do without YMCA”. – Retired member (Peterborough)
  • “Going to the classes gives me the reason to get up in the mornings. I have a long-term condition but being able to go to a gym that accommodates me and supports my needs is invaluable. Thank you YMCA!”. – P


“Every time we visit the YMCA gym we are greeted by smiling friendly reception staff who have always gone out of their way to help Nick.

Nick attends the gym after having an acquired brain injury which has left him paralysed on the left side. He has worked with various trainers over the two years he has been a member and they have all been very good. However I’d like to give special praise to Martin who has taken Nick on over the last few months. At all times he treats him with respect but at the same time has judged him well enough to engage in great banter which distracts him from the physical challenges he gives him.

The sessions are always fun, well thought out, challenging and meeting his specific needs. Martin has gone out of his way to find appropriate tasks for Nick and to push him without overdoing it. Nick is able to do much more now than he could at the start of the program and he has recognised there are no limits. 

It is great to see Martin sharing his skills with new members of your team.

Thank you Julie for organising such a valuable resource for the more challenged members of our community.”

– The Barrett Family