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19 October 2017

More than Words

YMCAs in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland recently published research entitled More than Words as part of their #iamwhole campaign. Researchers spoke to more than 2,000 11-24 year olds and found out that even though nearly nine in ten (88%) young people who have come across stereotypes and negative words think they should be challenged, […]

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17 October 2017

YMCA AR Goes Digital

YMCA Ireland’s 41st AGM was held in Dublin on Saturday 14 October and as part of the AGM, the organisation’s first digital Annual Review of 2017 was launched. The Annual Review gives the reader an overview of the work of YMCA Ireland during the year as well as an insight of some innnovative programmes that […]

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27 September 2017

#IAMWHOLE call to action in advance of World Mental Health Day

On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, YMCA Ireland  and young people from around the world will come together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help. Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, World YMCA Secretary General, encouraged young people to get involved with the #IAMWHOLE […]

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12 September 2017

Learning from the Global YMCA

A group of young people from the YMCA in Ireland took part in a Global Week event in Norway which was hosted by the YMCA/YWCA and funded under Erasmus+. It brought together young people from Norway, Portugal, France, Czech Republic, Romania, Uk , Sweden, Spain, Finland and Ireland. The action packed programme focused on raising […]

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14 July 2017

Summertime in the YMCA

YMCAs throughout the island are busy places in the summer as they open their doors to provide a range of summer activities for children and young people. From L’derry to Belfast to Newcastle to Dublin there are lots of different programmes being offered to families this summer. Many of these are led by volunteers both […]

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14 July 2017

Larne Celebrates

Junior leaders are at the heart of the work of Larne YMCA. It was therefore appropriate that they should have been given responsibility for organising the annual Celebration Event to mark the great work that goes on in Larne YMCA. Over two dozen young leaders were involved in organising activities for over 100 young people […]

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6 June 2017

YMCA Celebrates Founder’s Day!

Young people, volunteers and staff  throughout Ireland and beyond are marking the 173rd Anniversary of the foundation of the YMCA. In Ireland a series of special events have been organised including an exhibition of photos & videos produced by young people from the Cork area and Iceland; a movie making event in Larne; a series […]

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12 May 2017

YMCA Young Reporters documents Royal Visit

Young Reporters from YMCA were asked to record and document the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin. As part of the visit which focused on the theme of Students in Pursuit of Excellence and Ethics, the YMCA Young Reporters interviewed a number of young people who are making a […]

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2 May 2017

European YMCA Assembly

The Annual General Assembly took place in Edinburgh with over 100 delegates representing 28 member movements from across the continent. A strong component of this year’s Assembly were the opportunities to learn more about YMCA work with refugees and IDPs in Greece and Ukraine. There was also a number of inputs around Advocacy and how […]

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2 March 2017

Thanks to long serving volunteer

Friends and colleagues gathered in Ballincollig YMCA to say thanks to Heather Faris who has been a long serving volunteer with the YMCA. Heather probably holds some sort of YMCA record for the number of committees she has served on since coming to Cork in 1988. These have included Cork YMCA Board, Cobh YMCA Advisory […]

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