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I am delighted to take this opportunity to shine a light on our vital childcare service at YMCA Bellshill & Mossend. This service is at the heart of our community, providing affordable after-school care that is both essential and impactful.

Our childcare service is more than just a place for children to stay after school. It is a safe, nurturing environment where children can thrive. Every child who comes through our doors is treated with respect and care, ensuring they feel valued and supported. We understand the importance of creating a space where children can feel secure, allowing parents and carers to have peace of mind while they are at work or fulfilling other commitments.

We are proud to say that our service is regulated and rated highly by the Care Commission, ensuring that we meet the highest standards of care. This regulation helps us maintain our commitment to providing a safe and high-quality environment for all children. Our team of dedicated staff members are trained and passionate about their roles, consistently striving to offer the best possible care and support to each child.

Our affordable after-school care is designed to be accessible to all families in our community. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to benefit from a supportive and enriching environment, regardless of their family's financial situation. By keeping our services affordable, we aim to remove barriers and make sure that more children can access the care they need.

We support parents from many backgrounds, including those seeking to attend college or university or looking to get back into work. By providing reliable childcare, we help parents pursue further education or re-enter the workforce, contributing to their personal growth and the overall well-being of our community.

The impact of our childcare service extends beyond the children we care for. It also provides crucial support to families, enabling parents to work and contribute to the community, knowing their children are in safe hands. This support helps to strengthen our community.

As the CEO of YMCA Bellshill & Mossend, I am incredibly proud of the work we do in our childcare service. It is a testament to our commitment to creating a safe, respectful, and non-judgemental environment for all. Our values of honesty, inspiration, and adaptability are at the core of everything we do, driving us to continually improve and adapt to the needs of our community.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we can ensure that our childcare service remains a cornerstone of our community, providing essential care and support for our children and their families.

As the CEO of YMCA Bellshill & Mossend, I am continually inspired by the impact our volunteers have on our organisation and the community we serve.

Our volunteers are integral to our operations, particularly at our food bank, which relies exclusively on their dedication and effort. 

A Foundation of Commitment and Support 

Volunteers form the backbone of our services. From childcare to youth work and community initiatives, their commitment enables us to offer essential services across our community. Their willingness to give their time and skills creates a safe, respectful space for everyone who walks through our doors. 

Empowering Our Community 

The benefits of volunteering stretch far beyond the help provided on the ground. Volunteers bring energy, fresh ideas, and new perspectives that enrich our programmes and empower the people we support. Their involvement encourages a community spirit and helps build a network of support that is invaluable. 

Sustaining Our Food Bank 

At our food bank, volunteers are absolutely crucial. They manage everything from stocking shelves and organising supplies to assisting visitors and handling distributions. Their hard work ensures that we can continue to provide vital support to families in need, proving that their contribution is not just valuable, but essential. 

A Testament to Human Generosity 

Every volunteer story is a testament to the generosity of the human spirit. By choosing to spend their time with us, our volunteers demonstrate a remarkable level of care and commitment. This not only supports our logistics and daily operations but also uplifts our staff and the people we serve, creating a positive impact that resonates throughout our community. 

A Call to Join Us 

To those considering volunteering, know that your contributions will be welcomed warmly and will make a significant difference. You will be joining a team that values honesty, inspires greatness, and strives to create a non-judgemental environment for everyone. 

We are deeply grateful to all our volunteers, past and present, who have shaped YMCA Bellshill & Mossend into the vibrant, resourceful community it is today. Your selflessness and dedication shine brightly, guiding us forward and helping us adapt to the ever-changing environment around us. 

The role of volunteers in our organisation cannot be overstated. They help us uphold our values and ensure that we can continue to provide essential services to our community. To all our volunteers, thank you for everything you do. Your impact is immense, and your efforts are truly at the heart of our success. 


In the heart of Bellshill, a remarkable transformation is underway, all thanks to the incredible women who come together in our Women's Group, Our Time, at YMCA Bellshill & Mossend. As CEO, it's both humbling and inspiring to witness the profound impact this group has had on its members, a testament to the resilience, strength, and spirit of every woman involved. 

Our Time is a group full of Fun, Optimism and Empowerment, a place where women from all walks of life find acceptance, understanding, and support. It's a sanctuary where every woman is valued, heard, and celebrated for who she is. Through our group, members have discovered a profound sense of belonging, leading to increased confidence, the joy of new friendships, and the excitement of learning and growing together. 

The diversity within our group is one of our greatest strengths, enriching our community with a tapestry of cultures, experiences, and perspectives. This vibrant diversity has allowed us to enjoy cross-cultural events and activities that celebrate our differences and unite us in joy and learning. From cooking traditional dishes from around the world to dancing to the rhythms of distant lands, these experiences have not only broadened our horizons but have also fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation of one another. 

Mental health and well-being are at the core of what we do. In today's world, women face unique challenges and struggles, often carrying the weight of personal, professional, and societal expectations. Our group provides a safe space for women to share their experiences, support each other through challenges, and celebrate each other's successes.

The positive impact on mental health is unmistakable, with members reporting a significant improvement in their overall well-being since joining the group. 

We are incredibly grateful for the support of the VANL Health and Wellbeing Fund, whose generous funding has been instrumental in the continuation and expansion of Our Time. This support ensures that we can keep providing a nurturing and empowering environment for our members, helping more women to find their voice, build their confidence, and realise their potential. 

As we look to the future, we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Our Time. Our commitment to supporting women in our community remains unwavering, and we are dedicated to continuing our work in creating a space where every woman can thrive. To all the women who are part of our group, and to those who have yet to join us, know that you have a place here, a community that believes in you, and a support system that will always stand with you. 

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey – the members, volunteers, staff and our partners like the VANL, NCL and NHS. Together, we are making a difference, one woman at a time. 

Together, we are stronger. 

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