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.
Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA was established on 1st November 1960. With the support of local volunteers it was soon providing much needed activities for families and their children. As the town expanded so did the Y by adapting its programmes and developing services to suit the ever changing needs of the growing community. We have developed particular areas of expertise over the years and subsequently delivers services and programmes in areas other than Cumbernauld. We have a strong track record in developing and sustaining innovative services that are open and inclusive to people of all faiths and of none. Programmes and services aim to facilitate and empower communities with members and users actively participating in all decision making processes relevant to their involvement.
Today Cumbernauld YMCA YWCA is known and recognised as an innovator and developmental community organisation providing quality programmes and services. This was recognised by Scottish Enterprise who awarded the organisation the ‘Best Performing Social Enterprise Lanarkshire 2008.