The YMCA in Ireland covers both parts of the island, the Republic and the Northern region which is part of the United Kingdom. The associations are of various sizes and vary greatly in their programmes according to local needs.
For 175 years the YMCA has been delivering life-enhancing programmes to young people and families in their communities around the world and all across Ireland. We have responded to events in history that have changed the face of the world and today we face another of these challenges as we endure this Covid-19 pandemic. The world is rapidly changing before our eyes and so like you, we are uncertain how deep and for how long, this virus will impact our lives.
Our work is and will continue to be disrupted by this outbreak, but the YMCA will consistently put the lives of young people and the most vulnerable in our communities to the fore. We seek to promote youth development, healthy living and community engagement, whether that be through youth work, childcare or fitness.
We are working to innovate and engage with young people in new ways as many traditional youth work methods are not possible in the current climate. In spite of the many challenges our staff will try to continue to provide support, advice and positive experiences for families and young people to enhance their lives. We will endeavour to ensure the health and well-being of all who avail of our programmes and services as well as our volunteers and staff.
YMCA understands that the present global situation is presenting challenges for governments, businesses, charities, communities, families and individuals on an enormous scale. We are also gravely impacted financially as creches, gyms, local centres and our outdoor learning centre have had to close.
Finally, we stand in solidarity with young people who are and will be badly affected by the economic implications of this crisis. No matter what comes in the days and weeks ahead, we will work to support young people, their families and their communities.
The world is living through a time of trouble but we remember ‘𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯: 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩, 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦.’
The key message for today is: stay home and keep your social distance!
Apart, but Not Alone! YMCA in the Cork Region is still working hard to meet the needs of young people and families who need us most. You can find out more at: http://ymca-ireland.net/corkregion#YMCAStandsTogether#YMCACONNECTS
For 175 years the YMCA has been delivering life-enhancing programmes to young people and families in their communities around the world and all across Ireland. We have responded to events in history that have changed the face of the world and today we face another of these challenges as we endure this Covid-19 pandemic. The […]
YMCA Portadown have operated on their current Jervis Street site since 1957 with their original building serving the community for 61 years. Following an announcement for a capital grant in 2013 YMCA Portadown embarked on an exciting new build project. Fast forward to 2019 and Portadown YMCA is pleased to see the completed building in […]
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