Have a great Summer


Dear Everyone,JL

We’re working on a new website with lots of exciting information on our Autumn activities. Meanwhile, out Twitter Feed has the latest news. If you need to contact us, you can do so via ringing our office or tweeting us. If you need to email us, you can also email joseph@greenwichyfc.org.uk

Hot Stuff!

During the October half term 24 GYFC staff supporters bore their soles and took part in a Firewalk at OneSpace raising more than £3,600 for the work of GYFC. Around 100 people came out to cheers them on and for those of you who missed the fun, read the rest of this post to see the video evidence.

Special thanks go to Heather Drobinska and Christine Ridgwell for organising the event, and a big congratulations to those who took part and thank you to all who sponsored them. If you would still like to donate for this event, please follow the My Donate link on the home page.

Walk on fire!

GYFC Fire Walk – 30/10/14 @ 6:30pm The Shortest Sponsored walk you’ll ever support! Members of the team along with trustees and other supporters will be walking on hot coals to raise funds for the amazing work of Greenwich Youth for Christ Greenwich Youth for Christ have a major impact on the lives of those they work with – can you put your heart and the ‘soles’ of your feet into raising some funds for the amazing work that it does? Want to get involved? You can: • take part, • come, watch and support us on the day or • sponsor those of us brave enough to take part. Any donation will make a massive difference to the work GYFC do Greenwich Youth for Christ do amazing work ensuring that all the young people they work with know that they are valued, loved and important. You can help them meet with people who are most in need of support and have a positive impact on their lives, building relationships with them, providing good role models and not giving up on them when others do. The team are willing to stand up and walk on hot coals to help these young people out – are you?


Challenge yourself!

We have partnered up with Global Challenges, an event company to organise challenging and not so challenging fundraising events to enable you to get fitter whilst supporting work with young people in our community too.

China, Pembrokeshire, London to Paris, Cycle Europe?

We have a number of exciting challenges to wet your appetite. Would you like to go trekking along the Great Wall of China? How about a trek up the Alps, or a cycle ride through some of the brightest European cities or from London to Paris. You could just pay outright for the challenge, treating a bit like a mini adventure which benefits young people as well or you could go all our and get others to sponsor you. The second way would mean you contribute little if nothing, have fun and raise more money to help young people and families in our community. What’s stopping you? Click here to go to the page with the relevant links.

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Girls continue to meet up..

Even though we are still awaiting a date for our return to OneSpace, it is business as usual for some of our groups. Girls Thyme has re started this year and the girls have been meeting at a local coffee shop. The atmosphere has been informal and quite comfortable and it is still possible to chat and share experiences. Thank you Lauren for keeping the group going in such a creative way.

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New parenting course

The VIP Team have just started a new Parenting Course at Holy Family School on Mondays. This is in addition to the course that is currently running at Ealdham School. Parenting courses are a huge feature of the VIP Family Support project’s work. Through these courses, we have helped many parents bring about changes in the way that they interact with their children. Our Parenting courses also have an impact on the parents who come along with some of the mums learning how to train others and leading to employment opportunities.

Sarah and her team are also planning to create a set of mobile resources for play therapy which can be taken to different schools. There will be a special bring a toy coffee morning at OneSpace on the 8th of November from 10.00am till 11.30am at OneSpace. Contact sarah@greenwichyfc.org.uk for further information.


Come to breakfast..

Are you up and about early on Saturday mornings? Fancy a nice bacon roll and coffee? Come to our Supporters’ Breakfast this Saturday the 19th starting at 8.30am at OneSpace. Come and find out more about our projects and our work in and around Greenwich with young people and families. Please RSVP by calling our office: 0208 319 4523.

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Sponsor Lauren in her first big race!

Lauren Crisp-Hihn our Steps to Success Project Manager is running her first official half marathon – the Royal Parks Half Marathon on October the 6th to raise money for GYFC!
Click here to sponsor Lauren.
This is what she has to say about the challenge “So, about 5 months ago I decided I wanted to learn how to run as I’ve never been able to and since then I’ve been building up my fitness and so when a friend offered me her space in a half marathon I jumped at the chance. It’s something I never thought I’d be capable of and so I’m really excited about finding out if I can! The Bad news for me is that its in just over a weeks time!
The thing that’s pushing me on is that I want to use this great opportunity to raise funds for the charity I work for Greenwich YFC. we work with disadvantaged young people and their families in the borough of Greenwich, South East London in schools, communities and youth clubs. I can personally guarantee that any money you’re able to donate will be put to good use so please sponsor me!”,


New team

We’re really pleased to welcome our new CEO and Deputy CEO who have now officially starting working with us. Rebecca Bickley has been appointed our CEO replacing Hugh Ridsdill-Smith who served as CEO of GYFC for a stunning 10 years and Joe Crisp- Hihn has been appointed as Deputy CEO and Senior Youth Worker. Both Rebecca and Joe come to us with a wealth of experience from their previous posts and are settling well into OneSpace. We are seeing new groups of young people being drawn to OneSpace where we are based so there is so much potential for our work with young people and families to grow and strengthen. Keep watching this space, we’ll keep you informed of up and coming developments.


Girls take to the water..

Seven brave Girls Thyme girls took to the water last week to celebrate the end of  their participation in Romance Academy. There were instructed in Rowing courtesy of the Ahoy Centre in Greenwich. Romance Academy’ is a nationally recognised programme  which explores relationships, choices and self-esteem. At the end of the course, each girl is given a certificate. The girls had a great time. The boat didn’t capsize but they did get a little wet. Thank you to Lauren and Joe Crisp-Hihn for managing this event perfectly