Our Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
The YMCA recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of this continent and the islands of the Torres Strait. In doing so, we acknowledge our shared history; recognise the right to self-determination and the importance of connection to and access to country. We acknowledge and respect distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural differences, beliefs, values and languages.
Through walking together and working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the YMCA will seek to address systemic issues of political and social exclusion, economic disadvantage, and health inequality. We also support and recognise the strengths, skills and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the YMCA and to the Australian community.
Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be achieved by our Member Associations through:
Achieving greater understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture
Building knowledge, understanding and respect across the YMCA is fundamental to our commitment.
Advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
In particular, we are committed to upholding the rights of YMCA staff, volunteers and program participants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
Enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve social inclusion, economic participation and health equality
The YMCA is well positioned to promote and facilitate these opportunities through our suite of programs, services, training and employment pathways.
Developing respectful and meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations
Partnership development that is respectful and sustainable with long-term vision will be critical in meeting our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Follow this link to the full Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commitment
Our Commitment to Volunteers
Our commitment to volunteers will be achieved by our Member Associations through:
Recognising volunteer contributions
We recognise the work of our volunteers both locally and nationally. The YMCA equally values short-term project based volunteering, and long-term volunteer commitment.
Adopting a consistent approach
We are committed to embracing the Volunteering Australia “National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not for Profit Organisations”, including the “Principles of Volunteering”.
Ensuring adherence to social inclusion principles
We seek to remove barriers to volunteering by adopting best practice in volunteering policies, procedures, systems and inclusive practices.
The sharing of resources
We actively encourage Associations to share with, and benefit from, others showing leadership in volunteering.
Follow this link to the full Volunteer Statement of Commitment
Our Commitment to Social Inclusion
The YMCA values the individual worth, uniqueness and diversity of all people. We seek to remove barriers to participation in programs and activities that will enable all people to meet their full potential, and experience meaningful involvement in the YMCA Movement, according to the Mission statement and values of YMCA Australia.
Our social inclusion commitment will be achieved through our Member Associations:
Striving to remove any barriers to full participation in community life, for people living in a community served by the YMCA
These barriers may be social, economic, attitudinal, cultural or political.
Supporting and fostering active citizenship
In particular we are committed to fostering a spirit of volunteering and local governance
Enhancing peoples rights, access and opportunities
The principles of Access and Inclusion are an important element of Social Inclusion.
Advocating for the rights of all people in our communities.
The YMCA is uniquely placed to use its relationships to influence decision makers on behalf of those less able to express their views and needs.
Follow this link to the full Social Inclusion Statement of Commitment
Our Commitment to The Environment
The YMCA Movement in Australia is committed to being a leading environmentally-responsible organisation, acting in a sustainable way, and minimising our environmental impact. We recognise the critical importance of caring for the environment for the future of humanity. In providing programs and services that build strong people, strong families and strong communities, we will also protect, sustain and restore our natural environment.
Our environmental commitment will be achieved by our Member Associations through:
Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We accept the science of climate change and our responsibility to reduce our environmental ‘footprint’.
Sustainable Use of Water
We adopt and promote water-efficient strategies.
Sustainable Use of Land & Resources
We preserve the earth's ecological diversity and the natural ecosystems in our communities via materials efficiency, facility design and waste minimisation.
Community Leadership and Advocacy
We actively encourage public education & awareness – for our staff, customers and partners.
Follow this link to the full Environmental Statement of Commitment