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YMCA believes that all young people deserve the right to learn, engage in flexible dignified and meaningful work, and build sustainable livelihoods.

YMCA commits to creating, expanding and advocating meaningful, just and equitable education, training, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the transition to the new economies.


Volunteers are an essential part of our organisational and movement. Without them we simply cannot continue to do out work.

In addition to their vital function, being a volunteer is also a great personal experience which often aids in people’s jobs and careers, transferring and gaining skills from volunteering into their work.

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Education and Training

YMCA is dedicated to promoting education and training as essential components of meaningful work and personal development.

As a certified provider of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), we offer the Professional Development Award (PDA) in youth work, providing individuals with a recognised qualification to pursue a career in this rewarding field.

By blending education with practical experience, we create a supportive learning environment that enables individuals to thrive in their personal and professional lives from all walks of life.

YMCA Scotland Cafes

YMCA Cafes not only serve delicious food and beverages but also embody the ethos of meaningful work. Every cup of coffee or plate of food served represents not just a tasty treat, but a step towards creating a more equitable and empowered community.

By offering jobs and training to young people, we create an inclusive and supportive environment where individuals can develop essential skills, gain confidence, and build a sense of belonging.

Case Study - Layla Riddoch

Through her early teens, Layla stayed with the YMCA, going from the youth club to the Teen Drop- in. When she was 14-15 years old, Layla changed schools, which was challenging for her. She was bullied, she said, and she “hated” it there and left when she turned 16.

Read Layla’s World YMCA Vision 2030 Case Study Below.