Latest News
Friday, 27 March 2020
Outside School Hours Care services facing collapse from COVID-19
The Y joins a coalition of Australia’s major Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service providers warning that large parts of the sector face the threat of collapse without an urgent change to the Federal Government’s Child Care Subsidy, also threatening the capacity of Australia’s essential workforces, as school attendances plummet in response to ambiguous and inconsistent Government policy on schools. Read More

Friday, 27 March 2020
Keeping Children and Young People Safe during the Coronavirus Lockdown
We believe in the power of inspired young people, and children and young people tell us that they can only be inspired if they feel safe and are safe. Many children and young people will now be at home more regularly and this can place increased stress and anxiety on ourselves and our loved ones. During this difficult time, it is essential we continue to put the safety and welfare of all children and young people first, whilst acknowledging that this is a particularly difficult time for us as adults as well.  Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020
Recreation services have shut down temporarily
For the health and safety of our staff and the whole community in line with the latest Australian Government advice, all YMCA recreation services right across Australia including gyms, swimming lessons and gymnastics programs have shut down temporarily as of midday today (Monday 23rd March) until further notice. Read More

Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 update
Along with the rest of the world, we at the Y in Australia and around the globe, are grappling with the unprecedented challenges created by the global pandemic of Coranvirus COVID-19. We know this is not an easy time for anyone. The safety and wellbeing of our people and communities is of utmost importance and as the situation and response to COVID-19 evolves, so do we. Read More

Wednesday, 11 March 2020
An equal world is an enabled world
“An equal world is an enabled world” - how can we all help forge a gender equal world? As we celebrate the achievement of women, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality (key themes for the 2020 International Women’s Day), let’s all consider what we can do to ensure we have a gender equal mindset and what we can personally commit to action. Read More

Thursday, 5 March 2020
It’s time to share your voice on climate change
Young people, youth workers and leaders across the YMCA are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change. The World YMCA has started a wide-ranging Global Climate Consultation, where you can have your say. Your contribution will help shape the World YMCA's position paper on climate change - just one of the first steps taken in this direction. Read More

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Troy and Terry Million Moments
What does it take to come back from the brink? Terry ‘The Miracle Man’ Mitropoulos believes it takes more than any individual – it takes the power of two. Over the last decade, Terry has battled a brain tumour, ‘super bug’, paraplegia, blindness and deafness. His miraculous story of courage and survival has made him a local hero in the Banyule region of Victoria, becoming Victorian Father of the Year in 2016, nominated by one of his sons through his local Y in Eltham. Read More

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Two Ys become one for Canberra & Queanbeyan
The Boards of YMCA Queanbeyan and YMCA Canberra are delighted to announce they are joining forces to become one local Y to further strengthen the Y’s ability to respond to growing community needs for children’s activities and support for families in Queanbeyan and the ACT. This merger will be the most recent in a series of mergers that has taken place to strengthen the Y Movement in Australia in recent years.  Read More

Friday, 1 November 2019
A Million Moments at the Y - Mitchell's story
Mitchell Collins sometimes finds it hard to have his voice heard. But at The Y, Mitchell has always felt empowered to speak and be heard. Mitchell developed a love of woodworking through countless afternoons spent in his Grandfather’s garage working on projects together. After his passing, Mitchell was inspired to start a new program called ‘Men’s Shed’ to share his knowledge and passion with other members of The Y’s disability support programs. Read More

Friday, 1 November 2019
A Million Moments at the Y - Steph's story
Steph Ferguson has been connected to The Y since she was just 5 years old, back when her mother worked there. Steph’s achievements are impressive, but her philosophy is simple – put yourself out there and take risks. Read More

Tuesday, 5 February 2019
World YMCA leaders take a stand for young people
World YMCA leaders will take a stand for young people in Brisbane next week. Over 50 world leaders of the YMCA, the world’s largest and oldest youth organisation, will gather in Brisbane next week (11-14 Feb), in the lead up to the organisation’s 175th birthday in London, where the YMCA began, in August. Read More