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 since 1849. YMCA works in over 34 communities 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 seeks to promote sharing of learning through collaboration. The links below will allow you to look at local websites and individual work areas.