YMCA Belfast

  • Contact Person: Howard Davey
  • Email: howard@belfast-ymca.org
  • Telephone: 044 28 9068 4660
  • Address: 58 Knightsbridge Park, Belfast, BT9 5EH
  • Hours of Business:
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About YMCA Belfast

Belfast YMCA was established in 1850 and while it is based in Stranmillis, it offers outreach services in many local communities in the city.

The YMCA in Belfast has three main areas of service – youth and community work with teenagers; childcare, after school clubs and holiday clubs with pre-school and primary school children; and health and fitness programmes for all ages from teenagers to pensioners.

The youth activities include drop-in clubs as well as programmes including the Connect programme in secondary schools, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, a peace-building initiative called Friends Forever and the Youth in Government citizenship programme. Belfast YMCA is a delivery partner for the National Citizenship Service programme in Northern Ireland.

Childcare and afterschools care is a key support for families and Belfast YMCA has over 20 years’ experience providing this service and now has a new purpose built nursery building for 60 pre-school children. Another 60 children from two major primary schools in South Belfast come together each afternoon for the after school clubs.

Health and fitness programmes provide support to all ages in the community with retired people using the fitness centre in the mornings, teenagers in the afternoons and adults in the lunchtime and evenings. Local football clubs are supported with use of the YMCA sports pitches for children and young people.

Belfast YMCA is managed by a local board of management.