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Welcome to the YMCA! Being a part of the YMCA is about more than just getting active – you’re now part of a community.
Your local YMCA is so much more than just a fantastic facility with friendly staff. You’re now a part of YMCA Victoria, a not-for-profit that has been involved in the Victorian community for over 160 years. We are an inclusive, welcoming and diverse organisation for people of all abilities. Our broad range of programs and services are run at over 150 locations in Victoria. These include camps, student accommodation, community sport and recreation facilities, swimming pools, childcare and early education, schools and kindergartens, youth services and youth justice facilities. Click here to find out more.
You are now part of a community that operates:
46,801 health and fitness members
aquatic and recreation centres
stadiums which were attended 2, 157,000 times
4,167 gymnastics members
of our managed cafes and kiosks are 100% sugar drink free
YMCA raised $1,076,865 through direct fundraising activities in 2016-17.
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Young people are at the centre of everything we do. The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London, to support and help young people, and to this day we carry on this vision. Whether that’s providing youth outreach programs, employment opportunities, or a platform for their voices to be heard, we are an advocate for young people in your local community and across Australia.
It’s important for the YMCA to provide opportunities for health and happiness with those most vulnerable in our communities. — H A N N A H TA D A S S E , C O M M U N I T Y W E L L N E S S L E A D E R
Over 70% of the money we raise goes towards supporting young people.
More than a gym As a not-for-profit charity, the YMCA raises funds and provides assistance for people experiencing disadvantage to ensure that they don’t miss out on opportunities to become healthier and happier. Over 70% of the money we raise goes towards supporting young people.
YMCA Open Doors Through our YMCA Open Doors program we offer free or heavily subsidised access to our programs and facilities to people in need. This is made possible by generous donations from members just like you. YMCA raised $1,076,865 through direct fundraising activities in 2016-17.
YMCA OPEN DOORS
Father’s Day Fun Run The Father’s Day Fun Run is Melbourne’s newest Father’s Day tradition. Held on the first Sunday in September, run or walk around the Tan in Melbourne’s CBD and raise much needed funds that go towards building resilience in young people. For more information and to sign-up head to fathersdayfunrun.org.au
Morteza’s journey at the Y Growing up in Afghanistan, then 12 year old Morteza Sami had never been in a pool. The first time he did resulted in his brother Latif, a lifeguard at Dandenong Oasis, jumping in after him. “He went straight down,” Latif said. “I jumped in, I had to save him.” Through YMCA Open Doors funding, Morteza started swimming lessons and in 12 months had progressed swiftly through the program. He went from kickboards, to squad, and then making state and national level with the Oasis Otters Swimming Club. “I love everything about Australia; I love school and there is peace, but I love swimming the most.” With migrants and tourists accounting for a third of all drownings in Australia, the YMCA believes that there is a serious need for water education. That’s why through a partnership with Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Dandenong Oasis have established a program to create pathways for young people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to become competent swimmers and obtain crucial water safety knowledge. To help people like Morteza please visit victoria.ymca.org.au/donate
We know how important it is for every child to learn to swim and be safer in and around water. — T R U D Y M I C A L L E F, D A N D E N O N G O A S I S CENTRE MANAGER.
A global organisation with global opportunities The YMCA exists in 120 countries around the world, and we at YMCA Victoria bring the best from North America, Europe, Asia and more to our local communities. Whether that’s bringing the latest innovations in health and fitness from San Diego to our centres, or sharing our expertise in swim safety Sri Lanka, we are driven to make people’s lives better at home and abroad.
Unearth YMCA Unearth program is a travel opportunity exclusive to YMCA members, staff and volunteers. Participants travel in small groups to countries like Cambodia, immerse themselves in the local culture and participate in the great work that the YMCA do. Find out more at victoria.ymca.org.au/unearth
Volunteer YMCA Victoria has over 1200 volunteers, and in 2017 they generously gave 117,079 hours of their time to help us provide our services and programs. By sharing their skills, passion and time these volunteers had a positive impact in their community. We have a number of opportunities across our organisation, so if you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the YMCA please visit victoria.ymca.org.au/support “Volunteering for the YMCA involves creating a safe place for everybody and giving up an afternoon or a whole week to spend with some fantastic people… It’s so worth it when you see the smile on the participants’ faces.” Marcell Wombwell YMCA Volunteer
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Group Tennis Lesson Enjoy a FREE group tennis lesson with YMCA. All of the YMCA Tennis Coaching Programs are supported by Tennis Australia and will be conducted by our professional coaching team.
Quote ‘Member Tennis Pass’ at time of booking. For full terms and conditions and to find your nearest participating centre visit: victoria.ymca.org.au/tennispass Offers valid until 30 June 2019. Offer must be used in conjunction with a current membership.
10 pass card Sometimes you might be travelling which makes it hard to meet health and fitness goals. As a YMCA member you receive a complimentary 10 pass card to other gym and swim facilities managed by YMCA Victoria. The card is valid for 12 months and must be used in conjunction with a current membership.
Pick up yours in centre today. For full terms and conditions visit: victoria.ymca.org.au/members
YMCA VICTORIA With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community, and help those who are not. For more information visit: victoria.ymca.org.au
Being a part of the YMCA is about more than just getting active – you’re now part of a community.