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

    • Trollies goes live A group of young people from North Down YMCA recently opened a pop-up skate park in their local shopping centre, calling it "trollies". The results of many months of work was finally seen on Saturday as they opened the doors on their social enterprise project and welcomed some very skilled skaters and bmxers in for the first time. Trollies provides a range of ramps, rails and boxes as well as safety gear alongside some soothing beats on the decks - all this in the open air on the 3rd storey of the car park. They are currently working on plans to develop the park further, exploring the idea of some skating tutoring and hiring of boards for novices too. Well ...
      Posted 8 Apr 2014 11:39 by Stevie Garrett
    • Learning and growing together... Lurgan YMCA hosted 2 sessions of Disability Awareness training which was skillfully delivered by Helen from the Inclusion Hub to a group of young volunteers and staff from Lurgan and Portadown YMCAs. There was exciting sharing of stories and practice, and some good connections were made. Just a big push now to submit our portfolios and OCN level 1 is acheived!Thanks to Lurgan for their hospitality as always and the Inclusion hub for their support and input.
      Posted 28 Feb 2014 06:58 by J S Turner
    • NDYMCA Visit
      Posted 20 Feb 2014 04:15 by J Stephen Turner
    • a journey begun... Greenhill was the venue for two days of Techspace training which saw a collection of energetic youth workers meet to deveop their skills in creative media, using both Adobe and Google tools. This event was much more than "getting high on Tech" as someone remarked, it was about working to foster creative confidence in the young people we work with. The Adobe Youth Voices programme which was the focus of the training, unlocks a range of resources and worldwide connections for practitioners and young people and strives to help young people tell their stories, creating media from their perspectives and passions. The journey continues as those workers at the event complete their online training over the next few weeks and ...
      Posted 12 Feb 2014 06:49 by J S Turner
    • Will you stand up for young people? World YMCA Challenge 2014 The World Alliance of YMCAs is asking people around the world to sign a petition to indicate that they are prepared to stand up for the rights of young people. The campaign will culminate in local YMCAs around the world organising events to highlight the programmes and services they are providing to enable young people to realise their full potential. Watch this video to learn more!
      Posted 30 Jan 2014 04:32 by Ivan McMahon
    • Bantry YMCA moves into new premises After a long search, Bantry YMCA has finally moved into new premises in St Gobans which also hosts a number of other community and educational providers. Bantry PAKT will be based there and are looking forward to building new links with other organisations. In the coming weeks Bantry PAKT will be carrying out a needs assessment as part of its ongoing work to ensure that it remains responsive to local needs. 
      Posted 30 Jan 2014 04:25 by Ivan McMahon
    • Welcomed to the family (aka Induction training) What better way to start the term than to get to grips with the fabric of all things YMCA at a staff induction day at Greenhill Outdoor Centre? There were good discussions about the role and purpose of the YMCA movement and some excellent team building opportunities. Inevitably, there were also good connections made among various YMCA represented and we hope these develop as the years go by. Thanks to Greenhill staff and volunteers for their hospitality and especially all the participants who brought great energy to the event.
      Posted 15 Jan 2014 08:02 by Stevie Garrett
    • Participation Training - check out the link! Jessica outlines today's PAKT training session which explored values of youth participation and the use of creative methodologies in Family Youth Work to explore local & global justice issues...Jessica is a global justice and youth arts facilitator and she will facilitate global youth work projects using creative arts to PAKT groups in the Cork & Dublin regions in spring 2014.http://youtu.be/7HTT8yg6a5k
      Posted 12 Jan 2014 11:05 by Stevie Garrett
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