Who are we

YMCA is a voluntary organisation that works with children, young people, families and the community, with particular regard to those who are disadvantaged and disaffected. Underpinned by Christian principles, each YMCA responds to local need and seeks to share and learn from being a part of a national and international movement.The YMCA has existed in Ireland for 160 years. There are 19 local YMCAs providing services ranging from peace building to vocational training. We have built expertise in specialist work with families, youth justice, schools and health work all founded on the principles of effective non formal education. Approximately 26,000 young people use our services every year.The Irish YMCA works both sides of the border and shares learning and kinship across the cultural divide. The links below will allow you to look at local websites and individual work areas

What do we do

Programme areas
For further information please click on the links to examine an area of programme that has been developed
 including : 
  • Youth work
  • Youth participation
  • Global youth work
  • Youth information
  • Youth counselling
  • Vocational training
  • IT training
  • Literacy support
  • Independent living skills
  • Leadership training
  • including:
    • Health promotion
    • Schools work
    • Drugs education
    • Family work
    • Sports & fitness
    • Community development
    • Community relations
    • Volunteer development
    • After schools
    • Housing support
    • Day Care
    Where do we work


    Latest News

    • YMCA Europe Summer camp In what was potentially one of the highlights of the summer, 80 young leaders from across Europe and staff gathered in Greenhill YMCA for a week of learning, challenges and fun. There was a packed programme, all designed to improve the youth work of all involved as well as give opportunities to grow and learn through the delivery of workshops and creative sessions including media production and dance.  The group got to show case some of their skills at the Festival of Flight with the make shift Tensing group preforming alongside our own "street cheer" troupe. It was an unforgettable week and already discussions have begun about next year...
      Posted 12 Aug 2014, 07:15 by Stevie Garrett
    • summer scheming... North Down YMCAs Family Together programme combined with their Youth Department to deliver a week of summer activities to kick start the holiday season in the Skipperstone area of Bangor. This will be the first of many weeks delivered across Ireland by the YMCA movement throughout July and August.
      Posted 9 Jul 2014, 07:26 by Stevie Garrett
    • YMCA signs the Governance Code At the recent YMCA Ireland Executive meeting Chairperson Dr Campbell Killick Signed the Governance code on behalf of all the Trustees. The Committee had used 3 meetings over the last six months to audit the work of the National Council to ensure the code's best practice elements were fully met by the Trustees and staff. A copy of the Code can be viewed at this address http://www.governancecode.ie/
      Posted 9 Jul 2014, 06:25 by J S Turner
    • Recognising our International Volunteers Many local YMCAs in Ireland open their doors each year to welcome international volunteers who come from a wide range of countries including New Zealand, Canada, Germany, France and Italy to share their skills and hopefully learn something of our work with young people. Over the course of the next few weeks, many of these volunteers will be returning home having made new friends and gained new skills. This video was produced by a group of EVS volunteers who spent some time in Greenhill YMCA reflecting on their experiences of life in Ireland.
      Posted 16 Jun 2014, 02:44 by Ivan McMahon
    • World Challenge 2014...looking back There was a flurry of activity over the weekend across Ireland (and the world!) as the YMCA movement stood up for young people for this year's challenge - creating art, taking photos, signing petitions and making short films - all with the theme of supporting the young peoples' voices to be heard. Building on the success of the Basketball adventure two years ago, we look forward to hearing just how far and wide the impact was this time - stay tuned...
      Posted 10 Jun 2014, 04:27 by Stevie Garrett
    • Cork YMCA launches new look Annual Review Cork YMCA recently launched its Annual Review of its work during 2013/14 as part of its Annual Business Meeting. Among the many highlights of the evening was the recognition of a number of young leaders who had made a significant contribution to programme areas such as Youth Information, Monday Night Live and Groundfloor. Congratulations to all those who were recognised. 
      Posted 27 May 2014, 04:56 by Ivan McMahon
    • You're elected with the Youth Collective Lurgan and Lisburn YMCA young people joined forces at the weekend in North Down YMCA to explore a bit more about some of the issues facing young people and exactly what we need to ask of our elected representatives at the outset of a new political term. Aside from the mandatory pizza and icebreakers (there really was ice...) there was some honest and stimulating debate about how we engage with our politicians -  a conversation that we hope to continue, with some stops along the way at the doorsteps of those who have just been elected. Good work everyone!
      Posted 26 May 2014, 12:08 by Stevie Garrett
    • A First in formal education... Today saw the completion (except for external examiners assessment) of the first ever Certificate in Youth Studies course delivered by YMCA Ireland and Youthaction in partnership with UUJ. This was the first time that the course has been outsourced by UUJ . 20 students from across NI (most of whom did not come through the traditional educational route) will officially graduate in July and hopefully continue their professional studies in the future. 2 of these students have already been accepted for full time degree youth work courses at UUJ and Cardiff and 5 others have interviews for part time youth work degree courses. No time to rest though as we have already shortlisted for the 2014/2015 intake for our second ...
      Posted 17 May 2014, 02:05 by Stevie Garrett
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