Did you know that YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world, established in England in 1844? Over the years it has evolved into a global movement helping more than 58 million people across 199 different countries.
Here are some more Facts and Stats:
Across England and Wales, we operate as a federation with 116 local YMCAs working to support young people in almost 740 different communities. Building self-worth, self-confidence and independence, we impact upon the lives of more than 630,000 people every year.
The work we do to create supportive, inclusive and energising communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive is undertaken by nearly 7,000 members of staff and more than 5,100 volunteers.
Did you also know that the YMCAs in England and Wales work across the following five key work areas?
Support and Advice
- We believe every person should have someone they can trust. YMCA provides support and advice to more than 105,000 people every year
We believe every person should have a safe place to stay
- YMCA offers more than 9,100 beds per night from emergency accommodation through to supported longer term accommodation and youth hostels. We provide a home to more than 18,000 people experiencing homelessness each year.
We believe every family should have the support they need to develop and lead fulfilling lives
- YMCA supports more than 230,000 children, young people and parents every year through our family work.
Health and Wellbeing
We believe everyone should enjoy the benefits of good health and wellbeing
- YMCA provides more than 270 health and wellbeing facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, community halls and outdoor activity centres engaging 125,000 people each year.
Training and Education
- We believe every young person should be able to fulfil their potential. YMCA enables almost 68,000 people every year to engage in education and training.
Photo of Sir George Williams, founder of the YMCA, the oldest and largest youth charity in the world.