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The Friends of CYM (FCYM)
The Friends of CYM (FCYM) was formed in 1992 and is a registered charity which supports all aspects of the work of CYM. The unique sense of community that is generated at CYM has much to do with the involvement of parents and carers as FCYM gives them the opportunity to express their views and volunteer help.
FCYM supports CYM in a wide range of activities which can best be summarised as follows:
List of files to download:
FCYM Membership and Standing Order Form
For the Saturday Centre, FCYM runs a Canteen, manned entirely by volunteers, at Notre Dame School every Saturday during term time. This is the main regular income earner for FCYM and is patronised by
For the Saturday Centre, FCYM runs a Canteen, manned entirely by volunteers, at Notre Dame School every Saturday during term time. This is the main regular income earner for FCYM and is patronised by students, parents and tutors who enjoy a wide range of homemade food including sandwiches and cakes, fresh bagels, fruit, as well as the ‘treats’ like snacks and sweets! (For more information about the Canteen and its volunteer system, click HERE.)
The Notre Dame canteen also houses the FCYM Music ‘Shop’ where second hand music is sold alongside music accessories like reeds, strings etc. Which have been carefully selected by tutors to provide quality and value. (Accessories price list can be downloaded see FCYM Music Shop).
All parents and carers of pupils attending CYM automatically become members of this organisation and are invited to help to further support their child at CYM by taking an active part in the running of fundraising activities, and in particular the Saturday canteen at Notre Dame.
This valuable facility provides, amongst other things, somewhere supervised and safe for the students and waiting parents in between lessons at the Notre Dame site. It is run totally by volunteers which means that all profits from the sale of low cost food and beverages, including home made sandwiches, donated cakes and flapjacks can be used directly for CYM.
Inevitably, with so many students at CYM, running this facility is a big undertaking and we ask therefore that all parents and carers include their name on a shared rota system for helping to run the canteen.
In reality this will mean that most people will be asked to commit themselves to one Saturday morning session, or part of a session (9.00am – 12.30) or one afternoon session (12.30 – 3.00pm) each term.
For parents who are completely unable to make a commitment to our canteen rota, there are many other tasks that members perform to maintain the running of the organisation and they may feel that volunteering for one of these would suit them better.
Getting involved in the Friends of CYM need not be a huge commitment, but it is a good way to meet other parents and tutors from CYM, and it is good fun. It can also provide an opportunity to discuss many small concerns or to ask other parents questions. It is also nice to meet so many young people.
To find out more about the other activities of the Friends of CYM click HERE. The page also includes a link to download our Volunteer Form.