YMCA is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world. On 6 June 1844, 22 year-old draper George Williams joined 11 friends to organise the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets of London.
Today, YMCA has grown to serve more than 65 million people in 120 countries regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
YMCA England & Wales operates in 700 communities across England and Wales. The 572,000 young people we help each year are firmly at the heart of what we do, supported by more than 5,400 members of staff and 4,400 volunteers across 847 locations. See more details of our impact here.