YMCA works with thousands of vulnerable children, young people and families from all over Scotland every year. Our work gives us an insight into what is happening in our local communities and how we are enabling our young people to be all that they can be.
As a large charity we want to share this knowledge with partners in government to help them to stay informed, to effectively monitor the impact of their policies and to reflect on how we might improve.
YMCA Scotland makes a significant contribution to the design and development of policy relating to vulnerable children, young people and families. This can run through different departments of government including education, youth justice and young peoples’ health.
As a community based organisation, YMCA is also very involved in how we engage and enable our local communities to thrive. We share the aspiration of Campbell Christie who proposed that a key way for us to achieve the public service reform that we seek in Scotland is through the “…better engagement of people and communities”
The following are areas of Scottish Government policy that YMCA Scotland is actively engaged in: