YMCA news

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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10 October 2016

Shannon’s Story

In your community, maybe even in your street, there are troubled young people with nobody in their lives to support them except paid professionals: their teachers, social workers, police and the courts. Shannon, whose story is below, is one of them. Children like 10 year-old Shannon get labeled ‘problem children’. But at YMCA we see the potential, not […]

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6 June 2016

YMCA Scotland Announces launch of Voice website.

To mark our 172nd Birthday and to coincide with the World YMCAs World Challenge 2016, YMCA Scotland has launched its YMCA Voice Website   YMCA Scotland decided it wanted to provide a space for the issues that young people face and a way for their voices to be heard. Often young people’s voices are too […]

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24 May 2016

YMCA Scotland World Challenge

The project: YMCA Scotland VOICE  is creating a website full of voices. Not just any voices, the unheard voices of young people across Scotland. The YMCA Voices World Challenge project is being launched alongside the World YMCA’s wider challenge to give young people a voice. We are putting together a contributions blog to tell the world […]

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19 April 2016

Heritage: Battle Of The Somme

As we all look towards the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme from the 1 July this year YMCAs in Scotland and across the UK are sharing the often untold story of YMCAs incredible impact during the first World War. In the first of several events to take place this year Dr. Emma Hanna […]

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31 March 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Elections Manifesto

A new manifesto, launched by national youth charity, YMCA, is calling on politicians from all parties to consider the needs of young people, the future generation.

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