New Phase 2 Launch with BBC

January, 2016

New Phase 2 BBC Children in Need Developmental Programme:

On the 4th January 2016 Lurgan YMCA launched their new Phase 2, Adventure Youth Work Development Programme.  Birthed out of Phase 1 the new work will build on tested models of practice but rise to new levels of development.

Funded by BBC Children in Need this programme will have a focus of 4 key areas:

1.  Youth Development – helping young people to make the right choices to reach their full potential for life and work.

2.  Adventure – using outdoors and other activities like canoeing, climbing, Duke of Ed award etc to develop skills, resourcefulness, resilience develop relationships, self-esteem and confidence.

3.  Work with disabilities – we have worked with Autistic youth over the past 3 years and we are increasing the numbers of youth and also engaging them in adventure projects.  We are training up our staff team currently to facilitate young people with disabilities enjoy climbing and paddlesport.

4.  Mainstream youth work – this is where we make contact with young people on the streets or youth centre, address issues on health, anti-social behavior,accredited courses, develop hobbies or sports, where they socialise with friends and have safe fun.  They also learn to cook, use cameras and go on trips and camps.

New Adventure Youth Development Worker:

Jonny & YES-10

To develop and run phase 2 of the BBC/YMCA programme a new JNC qualified youth worker, who has certification in canoeing and climbing, stated employment with us in January.  His name is Jonny Hill.  He ran programmes and training at Greenhill YMCA Outdoor Adventure Centre in Newcastle Co. Down before joining Lurgan YMCA.  Jonny is currently developing climbing programmes and a club for young people.  He will drive Duke of Ed, and has a specific role in developing activities like climbing in our indoor climbing wall with disabled youth.  He is responsible for our YES programme on Wednesday nights where most of the young people have Autism or other disability.

New Opportunities for Youth People with Learning and Physical Disabilities!

Jonny & YES-11

We are currently recruiting new young people to our YES and YES + programmes.  These programme offer safe, fun and enjoyable space for young people with disabilities to socialise with a wide range of abilities and our staff and volunteers.  They have a full programme each Wednesday night form 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs.  Also they will get to do other activities like climbing or canoeing with trained and qualified personnel.  This is a great opportunity for young people who are often isolated or excluded because of the disability.  YMCA aims to remove the barrier by focusing on a “Participation for All” approach and that includes adventure activities.

YES – 13-17 yrs

YES – 18 to 25 yrs.

Volunteers Needed Too!

Jonny & YES-12

To be able to make these programmes operate we need many volunteers.  We have 2 levels of volunteer with these programmes.  Adults and Junior leaders or Buddies as we call them.   Young Buddies are local youth who just want to do something useful, or as part of their Duke of Ed, building points for UCAS or the Millennium Award .  They get training and a great sense of achievement for giving up 2 hour per-week.  Also they have full access to other YMCA activities like youth club, camping, climbing etc.  The photo above show a couple of the Buddies socialising with an young man with Down’s Syndrome; one of our star members.  The young man in the middle of the photo has grown in social confidence since becoming a Buddy.  He has gone from being shy to a very social young man and is no longer afraid to speak to anyone who may be different from him.  He made the correct choice, he has developed good relations with people different from himself and as a result his social self-esteem and confidence in life has grown; that is what Lurgan YMCA is all about.

If you, our if you know someone who could volunteers please get in touch with us, we are ready to meet you and invite you to come see what is involved before you commit.

How to get in touch:

For YES:      Contact Jonny Hill – Ph: 028-3832 1025 –

For YES+     Contact Jamie Stoddart – Ph: 028-3832 1025 –

Call in any time or arrange with Jonny or Jamie to call up on Wednesday night.

We want to here from you, we want your child to benefit from our unique programmes or for you or them to volunteer.

If you are are a responsible adult and have a disability, but you would like to volunteer, talk to us!  It good to talk!

Jonny & YES-9

Please get in touch, we are ready to meet you and meet some of our young stars!!!



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Call us: +44 (0)28 3832 1025
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Find us: YMCA Lurgan
4 Carnegie Street
Co. Armagh
BT66 6AS
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