YMCAs in Wales Manifesto 2016

YMCAs in Wales have been serving the communities in which they work for over 160 years. From humble beginnings in 1852 located in a small office in St Mary’s Street, Cardiff – YMCAs in Wales now form part of a global movement, helping more than 58 million people in 119 countries across the globe.

This manifesto represents a new chapter for YMCAs in Wales as we continue to strengthen the bonds between us, enabling us to best support the communities in which we operate.

The manifesto is built around the main work areas of YMCAs; accommodation, training and education, health and wellbeing, family work, and democracy and engagement. Contained within it are messages of change to government – while they are not always ones that are easily achievable, they are necessary to help foster a Wales which truly supports the most vulnerable people in our communities.

YMCA hopes that our elected representatives in the next Welsh Assembly will share our vision for transforming lives and communities, enabling all individuals to develop in mind, body and spirit.

Download a copy of the YMCAs in Wales Manifesto and Minifesto below:


We believe that every person deserves a safe place to stay.

Family Work

We believe every family should have the support they need to develop and lead more fulfilling lives.

Health & Wellbeing

We believe that everyone should enjoy the benefits from good health and wellbeing.

Democracy & Engagement

We believe that everyone should have a voice within society and be engaged fully in the democratic process.

Training & Education

We believe that every person should be able to fulfil their potential.