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If you’ve ever thought about volunteering, now’s the time to sign up. Volunteers are being sought to join the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), a Federal Government initiative that sees volunteers regularly visit a person in a care facility to simply keep them company and help to reduce feelings of loneliness.


AUSTSWIM and YMCA NSW join forces on water safety

4 July 2016: AUSTSWIM and YMCA NSW join forces on water safety

New all-weather cover at Lake Haven Recreation Centre makes outdoor exercise a breeze

14 June 2016: A new sun safe, waterproof cover installed over Lake Haven Recreation Centre’s outdoor training area now means individuals and groups can enjoy the exercise space no matter the weather.

Free swimming lessons for kids at your local YMCA this September and October

21 September 2016: Every child deserves the opportunity to learn life-saving water safety skills – which is why YMCA NSW swim schools are delighted to offer a free swimming lesson to all children under 5 in September and October. 

Starting on 19 September, the free lesson is available during national Learn to Swim Week (24 September-2 October) through until 16 October.

Learn to Swim Week is an awareness campaign aimed at reminding parents of the importance of teaching kids aged under five to swim.Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children in this age group worldwide.  

YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart said: “YMCA NSW is one of the largest providers of swimming lessons to children in NSW and the ACT, instructing 16,000 kids every week.

“Swimming lessons are not mandatory in Australia for children and it concerns us greatly that thousands of kids don’t have access to lessons for a range of reasons including cost.

“We strongly believe all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim and as such we are delighted to offer free lessons during Learn to Swim Week and to further extend this offer through to October 16.”

To register, parents can contact their local YMCA swimming pool by phone, through the website or by visiting the centre. The offer is for children not already registered or enrolled in YMCA swimming lessons. The free lesson offer is available from 19 September-16 October 2016.

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About the YMCA:

YMCA NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting people to their communities to live healthier and happier lives. We deliver services in more than 100 locations across NSW including camps, before and after school care, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools and youth services. We also raise funds to deliver much needed community programs. With a commitment to delivering healthy living programs, empowering young people and making a positive social impact, we strive to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community. 

Two heads are better than one: YMCA NSW recognises value of job sharing for working parents

8 June 2016: It’s a sad fact that many working mums currently have little choice but to compromise when they return to work, whether that’s by taking part time to jobs beneath their expertise, pressing pause on their career aspirations or accepting roles that pay pennies.

‘All in’ swimming lessons bring children with a disability and their families closer

25th august 2016: The local YMCA NSW Swim School is providing free swimming lessons for 14 Central Coast children with a disability to help them master new skills and enjoy quality time with their families.

YMCA NSW’s Leisa Hart to take part in this year’s Vinnes CEO Sleepout

June 2016:YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart will join other senior executives from across the country this month and spend a night on the streets as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleepout.

Hey, young people of Taree – tell us what you want!

13 July 2016:Young people of Taree – the team at the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre want to hear from you!

Nationally recognised Excelsior YMCA OSHC offers great July school holiday program

7 June 2016: Looking for fun, educational activities to keep the kids happy these school holidays? YMCA Excelsior OSHC Vacation care is back in July with an action-packed program for all primary school aged children.

2016 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament sitting week gets underway!

11 July 2016: 160 young people from across NSW will begin to debate a range of significant and controversial issues as the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament sitting week gets underway today (Monday, July 11) at Parliament House in Macquarie Street.

Before School Care now available to families of Mount Pritchard Public School

23 June 2016: Parents of Mount Pritchard Public School students will be able to take advantage of Before School Care from next term (Term 3) in addition to the existing After School Care program which commenced last term.