YMCA news

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

YMCA GENERAL ELECTION MANIFESTO 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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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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