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YMCA believes that every person should have the means to grow and thrive in body, mind and spirit while taking care of their individual and collective wellbeing.

By 2030 the YMCA will co-create, provide and advocate for high-quality, relevant and sustainable health and wellbeing solutions to young people and communities worldwide.

Youth Work


70% of YMCAs in Scotland provide a range of traditional youth clubs, drop-ins and street based youth work activities.

These clubs and activities are open access to all young people and are often the first point of contact between young people and youth work services. YMCA youth work is committed to making a difference for all young people and contributing to the National Youth Work Outcomes:

  • Young people are confident, resilient and optimistic for the future

  • Young people manage personal, social and formal relationships

  • Young people create, describe and apply their learning and skills

  • Young people participate safely and effectively in groups

  • Young people consider risk, make reasoned decisions and take control

  • Young people express their voice and demonstrate social commitment

  • Young people broaden their perspectives through new experiences and thinking



YMCA is a strong advocate for the power of mentoring in transforming the lives of young people.

We firmly believe that positive role models and supportive relationships can make a significant difference in shaping a young person’s future. Through our dedicated mentoring programs, such as Y’s Girls and PlusOne, we connect young individuals with caring and experienced mentors who provide guidance, encouragement, and a listening ear.

These mentors serve as trusted allies, helping young people set goals, overcome challenges, and develop essential life skills.

Sports Clubs


YMCA Scotland is passionate about the transformative power of sports in the lives of individuals and communities.  The YMCA is responsible for the creation of both Basketball and Volleyball.

We believe that sports have the ability to inspire, unite, and empower people of all ages and backgrounds.

Larkhall YMCA Harriers is one of Scotland’s longest established athletic clubs. Over the years members have performed with distinction at District, Inter-Districts, Scottish, British and International level, including the Olympic Games.



In a world where no one should ever go hungry, we stand united to combat food insecurity.

Local YMCAs have become beacons of hope, providing essential sustenance to individuals and families in need.  With each meal, we aim to create positive change, ensuring no one is left behind.

YMCA Montrose’s Food Hub seeks to tackle food insecurity amongst those facing difficult times, through the provision of hampers containing food and other household essentials.

Mental Health


YMCA is deeply committed to the mental well-being of young people across the nation.

We recognise the unique challenges and pressures that young individuals face in today’s fast-paced world, and we are dedicated to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for their mental health.

YMCA Renfrew has taken incredible initiatives for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

E-Sports Clubs


YMCA recognises the growing influence and popularity of E-sports, and we are committed to embracing this digital phenomenon.

Through our E-sports programs, we provide a platform for gamers to come together, connect, and compete in a supportive and inclusive environment, while promoting digital literacy, responsible online behaviour, and mental wellbeing.

Wishaw YMCA’s E-Sports Academy offers opportunity for young gamers to engage gamers of a similar age in a safe and positive space.

Warm Spaces


YMCA understands the importance of warm and welcoming spaces for individuals in need, especially during the difficult times we are all facing in relation to heating our homes.

In addition to providing a warm space, we believe that a warm space is a place where individuals can find solace, connect with others, and access the resources they need to thrive.

Aberdeen YMCA received £3,500 to support members through the food café with their warm space café.



YMCA Glenrothes has managed homeless accommodation since 1992. It was the first Fife charity of its kind to offer shelter and support for vulnerable young homeless people in Fife.

Today Y Supported Accommodation (YSA) continues to assist over 250 homeless individuals throughout Fife who require accommodation and support.

YSA has of two hostels, one male, and one female. The service also manages a range of supported accommodation throughout Glenrothes and neighbouring towns. 60 service users are supported any one time, with a large percentage of those aged 16-24-years old.