100 Years of Investing in the Next Generation
YMCA South & Mid Canterbury has been Investing in the Next Generation across our region for over 100 years – check out our centenary book for the whole amazing journey!
Underpinning all our work are the YMCA values of Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, whose programmes and services – provided at no or minimal cost to participants – impact the lives of in excess of 5000 people every year across our region.
We were named the 2016 SC Business Excellence Award Community Organisation Category Winner and a finalist again in 2018, in recognition of the difference we make in our community.
“Because the YMCA is an iconic, internationally recognised brand, people often have an idea of what we do locally. But we invite you to re-think what you may know about YMCA South & Mid Canterbury.”
We have awarded a record number of NCEA Level 1 and 2 and other national qualifications to participants in our Y•Skills and Y•Skills Outdoors Youth Guarantee programmes – impressive, considering these are learners who had disengaged from mainstream education. That’s because we develop our learners’ belief in their ability to succeed.
In our Y•Skills for Life programme, we work with people age 16-64 for whom reading, writing and maths is a real challenge. We do similar work with employers to upskill their employees through our Y•Skills for Work workplace literacy and numeracy programme. Without these basic skills, many doors in life are closed – we help to open them.
All of our educational programmes are delivered under sub-contracted agreement with the National Council of YMCAs of New Zealand (NZQA Registered PTE).
Think support-to-employment services.
address the barriers that prevent them from being employed, and support them into permanent sustainable employ-ment. We also help people gain their full car driver’s licence (an important step toward employability) through our Driving School.
Think community and youth development.
We call it ‘developing the potential in young people’. Our OSCAR and holiday programme, KiwiSport, Archery Club and Bubble Football offer fun, confidence-building activities in a safe, supportive environment.
Through our Resiliency Toolkit we’re working ‘at the top of the cliff’ with 14-18 year olds in schools across the region to build important life skills in stress management, decision-making around alcohol and drugs, healthy relationships, cybersafety and peer mentoring — our goal is preventing them from becoming ‘at risk’.
We also provide one-on-one support to at risk youth through our Youth Mentoring service in Timaru.
We have a staff of 19 incredibly dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to make a difference to so many. We’re your YMCA. Still here after more than 100 years. Still investing in the next generation.