About Us

From very humble beginnings in the City of London in 1844, the YMCA has grown to become a worldwide organisation with 45 million members in 125 countries.

Since it was established, the YMCA has adapted to meet the needs of today’s young people and works with young men and women regardless of race, religion or culture.  In every corner of the world, the YMCA is helping young people to build a future. The work we do everyday impacts on the lives of young people and their families in the local community.

See how the YMCA played its part during World War I.

YMCA Fairthorne Group was formed in 2002 and has since supported hundreds of thousands of children and young people across the south. As a children’s charity it is essential that we regularly review and adapt our services to ensure we meet people’s needs as individuals and communities develop.

Our mission is to ‘champion and add value to young lives by providing experiences that challenge, enable and develop the individual.’

YMCA Fairthorne Group’s staff and trustee team are working towards an ambitious 5 years of sustained and quality growth as outlined in our Strategic Plan, which is informed by our concept of working the YMCA Way.

The YMCA Way brings together our values and our mission to deliver outstanding services. The YMCA Way is underpinned by the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. This research explores the influences and actions that affect and support children’s development both within and outside the family. YMCA Fairthorne Group is very excited by this research as it not only demonstrates that what we do genuinely adds value to the lives of the young people we work with but it will also inform all our planning going forward. The 40 Developmental Assets focus on family as well as individuals and supports our understanding of the importance of shared family experiences. Over the next 5 years we will focus our work to reflect the importance of working with the whole family to support children and young people.

Our values: listening, caring, welcoming, exciting, inspiring , active