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29 July 2015

Round-up of local Summer Projects

Local YMCAs the breadth of the country have been busy offering a wide range of summer activities and projects to young people. From to L’derry to Larne to Belfast to North Down to Greenhill to Ballincollig to Cobh to Schull groups of young people had fun while learning new skills and gaining new experiences. A theme […]

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1 July 2015

STEP Graduations 2015

Young people from the YMCA’s STEP programme are graduating this week. A series of events are being held around the country where the young people, their parents and friends as well as local employers will gather to mark this important milestone. Recent research shows that nine out of ten young people who complete at least 75% of […]

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26 June 2015

Train the Trainers!

The ‘Train the Trainers’ (TT) programme for delivering ‘Understand, Work with and Change Difficult Behaviour’ was developed from a training day on this subject.  Not everyone who would have liked to attend was able to do so on the day and the issue of difficult/challenging behaviour was one that each and every Local Association was […]

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26 June 2015

Thank you everyone for YMCA Week!

  Thanks to everyone for their superb contributions to YMCA Week. We had 14 events throughout the Ireland with 1,000 participants all celebrating the YMCA’s birthday.  Two new YMCA buildings were opened – Cobh & Belfast, three large fun days were provided in Belfast, Dublin & North Down, there were awards ceremonies in Larne & […]

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8 June 2015

YMCA Groundfloor Project wins Lord Mayor’s Award

YMCA Cork’s Groundfloor Project won the Lord Mayor’s Community Award for its pioneering work in creating a youth led youth space. The project which has been operating for a number of years works with over 150 young people from 15-25 and creates a safe-space where young people themselves decide the activities and programmes that are provided.

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5 June 2015

YMCA Cobh’s new premises opened

Sean Sherlock TD Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs officially opened YMCA Cobh’s new premises in Tichnock. The event was part of an open-house day where young people, volunteers and staff were available to tell the story of the work of the YMCA in Cobh including its family work through the PAKT programme, […]

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3 June 2015

YMCA Cork Launches Annual Report 2014

YMCA Cork recently launched its Annual Report for 2014. The report gives an account of the many achievements of its young people during the year both in terms of personal growth and progression. Over 2500 young people availed of its many services including youth information, counselling, health programmes, vocational training, leadership development and creative arts.

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1 June 2015

YMCA Week – Liberian Appeal

As part of our YMCA Week celebrations we are joining with our colleagues in YCARE International and the Liberian YMCA to highlight the needs of young people in Liberia following the Ebola Crisis. Over 4,000 deaths, nearly 10,000 orphans, and in some places the price of a bag of rice has increased by 150%. The aftermath of […]

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1 June 2015

YMCA week is finally here

6 days of celebration throughout Ireland marking our 171st birthday. Festivities kick off in Larne today at the ‘After Schools club’ Big Global Day. Internationalism is a big part of YMCA work after all we are present in 119 countries. We want to be Locally Driven but Globally Significant and this afternoon we will be […]

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31 May 2015

Welcome Catriona

We are delighted to welcome Catriona Coyle to the YMCA family.  Catriona has recently been appointed Youth Worker for Londonderry YMCA and comes with a wealth of experience of working with young people. Catriona worked for the WELB before joining us and has extensive experience working in youth centres, schools work and health work. We […]

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