The Young Roots programme is an innovative project to capture the oral history of the YMCA one of Scotland’s oldest youth organisations. Sharing the Past to Shape the Future uses an inter-generational approach, led by our young people from YMCAs across Scotland, capturing oral histories from across the nation.
Tollcross YMCA was established in 1870. The general activity of the YMCA is to provide recreational facilities within a safe environment, while promoting educational and social activities for the people of Tollcross, Glasgow. This includes community work such as team building, music, drama and sport programmes. Issue based work such as employment programmes, alcohol and drug awareness, youth diversion activities and adult education classes that promote acceptance of all people.
The aims and objectives of Tollcross YMCA are to promote citizenship and develop community spirit by encouraging people to consider their environment and engage in intergenerational activities to bridge the gap between young and old, to support and advance people to reach their potential by overcoming barriers that would normally exclude them. This develops the community to be more connected resulting in a more resilient Tollcross community.