What's happening at YMCA


In October 2017 YMCA Scotland sold their offices at 11 Rutland Street in Edinburgh, after over 40 years.

The sale enabled YMCA to locate and purchase a new property at Chesser Avenue, which will be fully accessible and gives space for a modern training suite, library, meeting rooms and open plan offices.  YMCA is currently undertaking work to refurbish a configure the building which was formerly a Royal Bank of Scotland branch.

Kerry, YMCA Scotland’s Chief Executive said, ” This is an exciting new chapter for YMCA Scotland, and we know that the new building will give us premises that are much more flexible and fit for purpose.  The whole staff team is excited about the move and the potential for our new building.”

The YMCA Scotland office is currently located in  temporary accommodation with the Scottish Youth Parliament.

6 August 2018

YMCA Glenrothes celebrates 60th Anniversary

Last Friday, YMCA Glenrothes celebrated its 60th birthday. At the celebration, staff and volunteers took their guests on a walk through the decades. To showcase the key milestones of the YMCA’s history, the team had turned the sports hall into an interactive museum. Guests were invited to visit booths that represented a decade of the charity’s […]

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24 October 2017

More Than Words

The purpose of this research was to examine the harmful language and negative stereotypes faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. For #IAMWHOLE 2017, YMCA undertook research into the harmful language and negative stereotypes faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. Harmful language and negative stereotypes surrounding mental health difficulties infiltrate our everyday. […]

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31 July 2017

Heritage Project

YMCA Scotland will be working in partnership with Dr Yvonne McEwen for an upcoming heritage project. The project is to focus on the work of the YMCA during The Great War. For more information on this in the mean time, please see our recent Facebook post featuring Yvonne’s article for Passchendaele 100, which was published […]

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15 May 2017

Vote for your Future

Only 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the last election, the lowest of any age group, despite having the most to gain and the most to lose. This needs to change if you want to see decision makers make you a priority through policies that will positively impact on your lives and prospects. The […]

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10 May 2017


With only four weeks to go until the UK votes for its next government, YMCA is calling on candidates across the political spectrum to “put youth first” with its election manifesto. Inspired by discussions with young people across England, Scotland and Wales, YMCA’s manifesto brings together more than 40 recommendations that it believes will improve […]

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16 February 2017

Volunteering overseas: The journey of a lifetime

Since stepping foot in my local YMCA in Newcastle fifteen years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to have had experiences with the movement in four continents. From my first trip to India aged 17 for the 150th anniversary of the Paris Basis to more recently representing Y Care International at the World Council in Colorado, each […]

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17 January 2017

Be Real Campaign launches body confidence toolkit for schools

Research conducted by YMCA uncovers evidence of body image anxiety in 11 to 16 year olds The Be Real Campaign, of which YMCA is a founding partner, today launches the Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools (Tuesday 17 January 2017). Aimed at secondary schools and made up of essential guidance, materials and advice on teaching […]

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28 November 2016

Peter Robertson

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Peter Robertson.  Peter was out playing walking football, which he loved, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. I know that you will all hold Peter’s wife Alison, sons Simon and Jonathan and wider family in your thoughts and prayers at […]

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11 November 2016

YMCA Scotland Remembers

“Give us something nippy, miss” As the world remembers those who have died. YMCA Scotland also remembers those YMCA workers and volunteers who used their talents to comfort servicemen as they fought in the trenches and in times of death. Lena Ashwell was one of these determined and talented people. She wrote “The YMCA realised […]

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8 November 2016

YMCA Scotland ABM and Awards Dinner

On Saturday 22nd of October, YMCA Scotland hosted its Annual Business Meeting and Inaugural Awards Dinner.   The Keynote speaker for both events was the World President of the YMCA, Mr Peter Posner OBE.   At the ABM, YMCA Scotland launched its first ever digital Annual Report. The report offers an insight into the fantastic work […]

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