Allchurches Trust has made it fun to stay at the YMCA!

Allchurches is proud to have given £100,000 to the new £6.8 million state-of-the-art school and youth centre at YMCA Lakeside in Cumbria.

YMCA Lakeside provides young people from around the UK with high quality residential and developmental outdoor education to increase self-empowerment, motivation, resilience and health.

Opened in the 1950s, on the banks of Lake Windermere, more than one million young people have participated in the centre’s transformative, instructor-led programmes, which include more than 50 outdoor water and land-based activities.

The new school and youth centre will increase the amount and quality of accommodation on the Stoller Campus and facilitate an additional 3,000 young people’s participation each year.

Allchurches Grants Officer, Peter Mojsa, said: ‘Having seen the huge impact YMCA Lakeside have had over many years on young people, we were really excited to provide significant financial support to help create this amazing space in this inspiring environment. It will enhance learning and development for a wide range of young people from schools, youth clubs, churches and colleges around the UK.”

The eco-friendly building incorporates hi-tech entrances, sophisticated security access, en-suite dormitory rooms, plus drying rooms for boots and outdoor gear. Its design minimises the visual impact on Lake Windermere, blending into the landscape at the heart of this iconic World Heritage Site.

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John Cronin, CEO of YMCA Fylde Coast, said this was: “a pivotal moment in time for YMCA Lakeside. The Stoller Campus will enable us to continue offering life-changing experiences for future generations. We’re looking forward to welcoming our next million young people.”

The centre’s siting within this special natural environment also offers positive and peaceful support to those with specific needs. There are moody skies, lots of wildlife and connections with woodlands and water for quiet and solitude. As well as motivation, challenge and physical activity, YMCA Lakeside provides opportunities for the development of memories and reflection for thousands of young people each year.

Peter Mojsa continued: ‘Allchurches was delighted to fund the development of the wonderful new dining room, a teaching room, and a reflection space for young people to gather and share their experiences with each other and leaders at the end of the day. We hope these communal spaces offer joy, fellowship, understanding and peace to all who use them.’