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About us

The YMCA was founded in response to social challenges. In 1844 George Williams, a 22-year-old London drapery merchant gathered a few friends to form a society that met regularly to support each other and gain renewed strength in body, mind and spirit. Today, the YMCA is a global world alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland. It operates in more than 119 countries and has more than 58 million members.

In Australia, the YMCA supports over 740 communities through 24 member associations with more than 12,000 staff.

At YMCA NSW, we believe in the power of inspired young people. And to provide that spark, we're focusing on:

  • healthy living
  • empowering young people
  • social impact.

We employ over 2,000 people in more than 40 communities in NSW and the ACT. Each year, over 3 million people visit our fitness and aquatic centres, and over 7,000 children attend our outside school hours care centres. 

As a not-for-profit organisation we also run important community programs across NSW and the ACT. 

Our strategic priorities include:

  • Strengthening foundations.
    We are transforming our organisation through strong leadership, clarity of purpose and clear articulation of the values supporting our culture. Our commitment is to always act in the best interests of children and young people.
  • Optimising services and alignment to purpose.
    We continually review and refresh our activities to improve access to fitness, aquatics, before and after school care, and community services.
  • Engaging, influencing and adapting to changing community needs.
    Our aim is to lead by example. We work with partners and communities and use their feedback to continually improve our organisation. We advocate for and on behalf of children, young people and vulnerable adults to create environments that are safe, welcoming and accepting.

Our Values

I will be considerate and respectful of others – I will listen and help clients and colleagues wherever I can.

I will be truthful, open and sincere in all matters – I will act with integrity and demonstrate reliability and trustworthiness.

I treat people the way I would like to be treated – I will value the worth of every person and support and celebrate their success.

I will be accountable for my behaviour, actions and obligations – In all situations I will do what is right and ought to be done.

I am committed to ensuring the provision of safe environments for children, youth, vulnerable adults and families – through a child-safe lens I will always act in their best interests.

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