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Frequently Asked Questions

Q - What does YMCA stand for, and can anyone be involved with the YMCA ?
In the years after its founding in 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association focused on creating opportunities for fellowship, education and mutual support for young male Christians, especially those who had moved from their homes to take up work in the towns and cities of England during the industrial revolution.

After exhibiting at the Great Exhibition of 1851, the YMCA grew rapidly to become a worldwide Movement, and the range and scope of our work broadened to include women and men of all ages.

Today, the YMCA strives to be an inclusive Christian organisation - open to all people of all faiths and of none.

Q - How big is the YMCA ?
YMCA is a Global organisation in 122 countries around the world, with over 14,000 YMCA's representing 45 million members. In England, there are over 140 YMCA's providing housing, community health and fitness facilities, childcare programmes, and other training programmes to encourage, support and challenge young people to become all that they can.

Q - Where can I find out more information on other YMCA's in England and Internationally ?
The following websites will be able to give you details of other YMCA's in England, what facilities they provide and their locations:

YMCA England -
World Alliance of YMCA's -
European Alliance of YMCA's -