New youth exchange partnership formed to help scheme go 'from strength to strength'

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 January 2018

The welcome party during last year's youth exchange.

The welcome party during last year's youth exchange.


The organisers of a Weston-super-Mare youth exchange have formed a partnership with the YMCA to ensure the trips continue.

The youth exchange programme linked to Weston’s twin town Hildesheim, in Germany, has been running for 32 years.

It is supported by Weston Town Council, and the YMCA Somerset Coast has been hosting events for the past few years.

The YMCA has now agreed to offer more support in the future, including finding youth leaders for trips and arranging events.

Organiser Debbie Stone said having the YMCA on board would help the exchange go from ‘strength to strength’.

She said: “The young people from Germany have a hugely positive experience each year when they visit and we need help from host families in Weston in order to keep these links and opportunities going.

“The exchange is open to local young people aged 12-17 and it would be brilliant if we could enable more young people from Weston to experience this opportunity.

The fact German is now taught in very few schools has affected numbers, but all the adults and young people involved in the exchange from Hildesheim speak brilliant English and are very welcoming and friendly and with The YMCA now on board this can only add to the youth exchange going from strength to strength.”

Around 36 young people from Hildesheim will visit Weston on March 16, and host families are needed to look after them during the 12-day stay.

Top find out more, contact Debbie on 01934 429036 or email

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