Welcome To Stranraer YMCA



Who are we?

The YMCA in Stranraer was originally set to address the lack of quality play and social provision for the children in Stranraer, and since our beginnings in January 2009, we have grown significantly providing a wide range of play and learning opportunities for the children, parents and carers in Stranraer and the local villages.

Working In Partnership

Stranraer YMCA work closely with a number of local organisations and this is how we work together. Quarriers we have created a play based session for children and young adults with disabilities and ASN.The Job Centre,we are approached on a regular basis to provide volunteering opportunites for people looking to get work experience and people have also gone on to work for the YMCA .The Ryan Centre,they provide us with hall space for our Multi-Sport and wider achievements sessions. Dumfries and Galloway council, have given us funding to help with our Street Work programme to help us engage youths within their own settings.  Primary and Secondary schools, we go into the local primary schools to speak to children and tell them what different sessions we provide and start different games for everyone to join in.PIN we have worked alongside PIN to help deliver sessions during holiday programmes.

Our Vision

We want all children and young people in Stranraer and the surrounding rural area to experience fun and support, through high quality play and learning opportunities; either individually, in groups or with their families and community.

The outcomes through fun, play, learning and support that we hope to achieve are:

  1. Parents/ Carers/ Teachers having increased confidence to let children play out
  2. More Play
  3. Increased physical activity leading to improved health
  4. Children are diverted from anti-social behaviour
  5. Children have improved social skills (including increased confidence and self-esteem)
  6. Improved skills in risk assessment

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