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Bath YMCA European Volunteer Scheme
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Bath YMCA is a Christian Organisation working to improve the lives of all of our community however focusing on young people. We run a number of different activities in Bath and the surrounding area including; a Health & Fitness Suite in central Bath, Community Fitness programme called Activate, Hostel located in central Bath with a restaurant available for the provision of large group meals, three After School Clubs, two Breakfast Clubs, one Holiday Club, one central Bath nursery caring for children from 18 months to five years old, four other nurseries located in nearby towns caring for children from birth to 5 years old, Tensing youth project is located in Bristol along with our recently opened Youth Café – The Kitchen@The Station. We also operate a youth and community centre located in the nearby town of Timsbury. This project will involve four volunteers, each from different countries, including Spain, Poland, Russia and Belgium. The volunteers project is centered around our children’s work and the main part of their timetable is made up of work in our After School Clubs and the Day Care Nurseries. However once the volunteers are settled into the project we encourage them to also gain experience in the main Hostel reception and both the main Bath Gym and also the community gym project. If volunteers are interested to gain experience in any other departments we endeavour to ensure they have the opportunity to do so. Volunteers are offered training in the departments they work in both by our staff teams and also through externally verified training courses where possible. They are also offered the chance to study a language course. We endeavour to offer volunteers any training which becomes available. We also encourage volunteers to work on a project as a group to help provide information on and promote EVS. Projects have varied from doing presentations in local schools and colleges to creating information leaflets and brochures. Each year the project depends on the interest and wishes of the volunteers themselves.
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