YMCA Christchurch

YMCA Christchurch

MIND BODY SPIRIT Building Strong People, Strong Families, Strong Communities

Canterbury

Established 158 years ago the YMCA is New Zealand’s leading non-profit organisation, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It now finds itself in a dire situation, never before experienced in its history.

In Christchurch, we offer a wide variety of programmes and services to our diverse communities. This includes a range of social enterprise activities (such as accommodation, early childhood education, health & fitness and education) which provide income to support our charitable causes – specifically developing children and youth and providing free programmes and services to families who have financial vulnerability.

Covid-19 has impacted on all of our income earning social enterprises and as such this is having a direct impact on our ability to deliver on our charitable outputs. Like many businesses we are in survival mode, but unlike many businesses, when we are surviving it means we are not helping our community like we ordinarily would.

Even the smallest of donations goes a long way at the YMCA – and a gift to the YMCA is one which pays it forward again and again by directly impacting on the wellbeing of a child, a young person or a family.

Our current campaign is focused on getting children and young people active, enabling them to connect and socialise with other young people, and to appreciate the amazing country we live in. The best place that this can occur is on a camp.

As it happens our two outdoor camps have suffered hugely through Covid-19 with all school camps and holiday camps cancelled from mid March onwards. We are open for holiday camps again this July, but many families of course struggle to find the money to pay for these. Your donation will help pay for children to have a fun outdoor adventure experience in July or October.

Thank you for your generosity!

More about us

Youth Education programmes, for 13-18 year olds who have struggled in mainstream schooling.

Youth Leadership and volunteering programmes.

Thursday Club for disabled adults to socialise and learn.

Life Fit groups for our older adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Camps for children to experience and grow through their learning of the great outdoors.

MAPs - for young Mothers and Preschoolers

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YMCA Christchurch - Leadership at the Y  27 December 2012

The experiences of a holiday programme leader

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RODNEY B 5 hours ago
Christchurch visitor wishing for city full recover from earthquakes as he regrets not touring CHC and neglecting to cross island on magnificent TranzAlpine Railway. NZ is rated most honest nation in entire world. Young people--keeping fit in your great outdoors and Y gym, not overweight that puts digestion at risk--through self-reliance and hard work, will succeed. Try different kinds of jobs. Worry not of university grades or initial failures. Donor thrived as lawyer even with only average grades in school. Importantly: Caring for and helping other people makes each of us feel better as we all look forward to better times.
$35
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RODNEY B on 22 Sep 2021
Christchurch visitor wishing for city full recover from earthquakes as he regrets not touring CHC and neglecting to cross island on magnificent TranzAlpine Railway. NZ is rated most honest nation in entire world. Young people--keeping fit in your great outdoors and Y gym, not overweight that puts digestion at risk--through self-reliance and hard work, will succeed. Try different kinds of jobs. Worry not of university grades or initial failures. Donor thrived as lawyer even with only average grades in school. Importantly: Caring for and helping other people makes each of us feel better as we all look forward to better times.
$35
RODNEY B
RODNEY B on 22 Aug 2021
Christchurch visitor wishing for city full recover from earthquakes as he regrets not touring CHC and neglecting to cross island on magnificent TranzAlpine Railway. NZ is rated most honest nation in entire world. Young people--keeping fit in your great outdoors and Y gym, not overweight that puts digestion at risk--through self-reliance and hard work, will succeed. Try different kinds of jobs. Worry not of university grades or initial failures. Donor thrived as lawyer even with only average grades in school. Importantly: Caring for and helping other people makes each of us feel better as we all look forward to better times.
$35
RODNEY B
RODNEY B on 22 Jul 2021
Christchurch visitor wishing for city full recover from earthquakes as he regrets not touring CHC and neglecting to cross island on magnificent TranzAlpine Railway. NZ is rated most honest nation in entire world. Young people--keeping fit in your great outdoors and Y gym, not overweight that puts digestion at risk--through self-reliance and hard work, will succeed. Try different kinds of jobs. Worry not of university grades or initial failures. Donor thrived as lawyer even with only average grades in school. Importantly: Caring for and helping other people makes each of us feel better as we all look forward to better times.
$35
RODNEY B
RODNEY B on 22 Jun 2021
Christchurch visitor wishing for city full recover from earthquakes as he regrets not touring CHC and neglecting to cross island on magnificent TranzAlpine Railway. NZ is rated most honest nation in entire world. Young people--keeping fit in your great outdoors and Y gym, not overweight that puts digestion at risk--through self-reliance and hard work, will succeed. Try different kinds of jobs. Worry not of university grades or initial failures. Donor thrived as lawyer even with only average grades in school. Importantly: Caring for and helping other people makes each of us feel better as we all look forward to better times.
$35

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