New £1.4m YMCA opened in Portadown

30 September 2019

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 Jervis Street. The state of the art facility includes a sports hall, training rooms, multi functional social area with coffee bar and a high specification kitchen. Outside consists of a large paved area with raised seating, large planters, gas fire pit, raised vegetable beds and a basketball area. The building has achieved a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating highlighting the positive efforts made limit the impact on the environment.

The Youth programme in Portadown has got off to a flying start in the new building with registration of young people far surpassing the previous three years. The after school homework club regularly has 50 young people and our Friday night provision has in excess of 80 young people attending.

The new building is an opportunity to build on the heritage and legacy of YMCA Portadown’s youth work over the decades and create new a lasting memories of positive engagement for at least another generation. So staff and volunteers are excited and optimistic for youth work in Portadown and they look forward to building on the legacy of those who have gone before.