YMCA Dublin is a community-based charity operating as a social enterprise, providing services for children, young people and families. We are the second oldest YMCA in the world and 2019 saw YMCA Dublin’s 170th Birthday.
Built on a social enterprise model, all income we generate goes directly back into funding our local community projects and initiatives, such as youth work, Plus One mentoring, community work, community childcare and community employment.
Since 1849 our approach has been to work through mind, body and spirit. We work in and with communities to support individuals, children and young people to develop the skills, experiences, relationships and behaviours for healthy, confident and successful futures.
Our vision is that we believe everyone should have the opportunity to belong to healthy, confident, secure and connected communities. Today, our staff and trustees are working towards an ambitious
From humble beginnings in the City Of London in 1844, the YMCA has grown to become a worldwide organisation with 45 million members in 125 countries. The YMCA has adapted to the needs of today’s young people and works with young men and women regardless of race, religion or culture. Each YMCA now operates on a local scale, delivering services that meet the needs of their local community, in keeping with the wider organisation’s values and aims. At YMCA Dublin, we are proud to be affiliated with the wider YMCA movement- the world’s largest and longest-running youth charity.
Our work is delivered by reference to a specific set of values and behaviours that makes us different:
We are dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and our programs and activities are delivered inclusively, regardless of faith, social class, ethnicity, age or gender.
Putting children and young people at the heart of all we do, we work creatively and with integrity with staff, volunteers, young people, and communities to deliver the very best for children, youth, families and the wider community.
We are committed to the wellbeing of the communities we serve and believe in the positive benefit of participation, locally and in the wider world.
We actively look for opportunities to make a transformative impact on young lives in the communities where we work, and believe that every person is of equal value.
We act with compassion and concern for the well being of others.
We are the second oldest YMCA in the world having celebrated our 170th anniversary in 2019
Our Core Values
Our core values are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behaviour, interactions with each other and decision making. Through all of our activities, events and services, we encourage people to accept and demonstrate positive values and we are committed to this approach in strengthening our community.
Welcoming, Inclusive, Empowering, Caring, Responsible
Welcoming: We offer people the space they need to feel secure, respected, heard and valued.
Inclusive: We are committed to the well-being of all in the communities we serve and believe in the positive benefit of participation, locally and in the wider world.
Empowering: We actively look for opportunities to make a transformative impact on young lives in the communities where we work, and believe that every person is of equal value.
Caring: We will act with compassion and concern for the well-being of others.
Responsible: We will do what is right and be accountable for oneself, others, our environment and the world in which we live.