Are you a Friend of YMCA Lakeside?

Do you think you can help us reach our goal to transform YMCA Lakeside for One Million more Young People?

Become a Friend of Lakeside

1 Million children and young people have taken part in a Lakeside Experience since the centre first opened it’s doors in the 1950s. What we don’t know is who you all are and where you are now!

If you are a past participant, a member of staff or volunteer from the years gone by, we would love to hear from you. Tell everyone about your personal Lakeside experience – what was it that you took away from the outdoor challenge?

Was it fun, tough, cold? What was the food like, did you make new friends, gain skills to used in employment, improved your confidence and resilience?

Add your story and share your pictures below, we would love to hear from you or your children, whether you came to Lakeside 50 years ago or just a year ago.

It is your real stories that really bring our Support the Lakeside Project to life. As a friend of Lakeside we will keep you up to date with what’s happening at Lakeside now and keep you informed of progress towards our fundraising target of £6.8 million to create a new Schools facility at South Camp

Or you can donate to the Support the Lakeside Project and become a Friend of Lakeside. This can be as a one off single donation or through regular donations on either a monthly or annual basis.

All donations will go directly towards achieving our £6.8 million goal to build a brand new Schools facility ensuring that the benefits of Lakeside are secured for future generations.

To become a Friend of Lakeside or for more information email our Lakeside Project Manager: or donate through Justgiving and we’ll be in touch.


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