National Council Of YMCAs Of Ireland

National Council Of YMCAs Of Ireland

The YMCA in Ireland is a voluntary organisation that works with children, young people, families and the community, with particular regard to those who are disadvantaged and disaffected.

Underpinned by Christian principles, each YMCA responds to local need and seeks to share and learn from being a part of a national and international movement.The YMCA has existed in Ireland for 160 years.

There are 17 local YMCAs providing services ranging from peace building to vocational training. It has particular expertise in work with families, youth justice, schools, vocational training, outdoor education and health work. All its work is based on the principles of effective non formal education. Approximately 26,000 young people use its services every year.

The Irish YMCA works on both sides of the border and shares learning and kinship across the cultural divide. .


YMCA Ireland works with 26,000 young people and families.  Over it’s long history it has been involved in working with young people on signature programmes in vocational training, family youth-work, leadership development and international engagement.  The programmes target young people with fewer opportunities and those on the margins of society.

Its services aim to re-engage young people and families through youth-work methodologies and experiential learning processes. Programmes are often customised to meet the needs of individuals and new technology often plays an integral part of the experience.

Contact Details

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National Council Of YMCAs Of Ireland
Donard Park
Co Down
BT33 0GR
United Kingdom


028 4372 3172

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Charity Number:
NI 15660