The YMCA is the largest aquatic, leisure and recreation facility manager in Australia and the partner of choice for numerous local governments in the management of their facilities. YMCA programs and services become local community hubs enriched by the delivery of inclusive, healthy-living programs funded by Australian businesses and ordinary Australians.
We believe in the power of inspired young people. Our work focuses on providing young people with opportunities to be the best that they can be.
The YMCA is a not-for-profit organisation founded in NSW in 1853. It is one of the oldest and largest worldwide movements for youth, but we also provide health and fitness options for older Australians and outside hour’s school care and vacation care for over 7,000 children in NSW.
Each year in NSW, we work with more than 40 local communities and host over 3 million visits at our fitness and aquatic centres.
Why partner with us? Our difference is community access
Enhance your brand, generate positive local media coverage or offer your employees the benefits of membership at a YMCA fitness or aquatic centre.
Be found in your local community as an active display of corporate social responsibility and deepen your customer relationships.
The benefits of contributing to the greater good are well documented. We particularly like the contribution that giving your time and talents makes to your community. It’s simply a better to live in a place where people are generous to their fellow human beings.
When organisations collaborate with not-for-profits, one of the most compelling benefits is through staff volunteering. It’s one of the most effective ways to network, to demonstrate your abilities, and build your character.
Our community programs include
The annual YMCA Swimathon is a national event that raises funds to support people with disabilities to learn to swim and enjoy the water safely.
Growing up in Australia, everyone should have the opportunity to take swimming lessons. This program enables people with disabilities to build a sense of water confidence, safety and swimming skills. In 2015 over 7,882 lessons were conducted.
YMCA Siblings Reconnect:
YMCA Siblings Reconnect Camps is a program at Camp Yarramundi where we provide space for brothers and sisters who are living in separate foster care placements to get together, away from the formality of short visits supervised by caseworkers.
YMCA Breakfast Club:
YMCA Breakfast Club at Lake Haven provides free breakfasts for school aged children who might otherwise miss out. In 2015, over 7000 meals were served in this community alone.
YMCA Brightside is about creating healthy options for people who face challenges associated with mental health conditions. This program offers free and unlimited access to a YMCA fitness facility for 60 days and a customised fitness program with one-on-one support.
This is an apolitical program where young people debate solutions to problems facing NSW in front of State politicians in Parliament House. Young people are given the chance to become not just leaders of tomorrow, but leaders of today. To date, over 1,300 young people have participated in Youth Parliament.