Summer 2015

July, 2015



A view from the top of Cave Hill

A view from the top of Cave Hill

YMCA and Links Workers

YMCA and Links Workers





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Christmas, a time for family, whatever form it takes!

January, 2015

Well we at the YMCA hope you had a great Christmas. One of our last event before our break was to provide a really good traditional Christmas dinner for up to about 50 young people and helpers. Not everyone knows Christmas like many of us do. Sometimes it’s lonely, sad and feelings of being left out. Well this year one to the Lurgan YMCA staff (Jamie King) said he wanted to make sure as many young people who attend the YMCA would have the opportunity to have a “real” Christmas dinner. In true Santa Clause spirit, Jamie approached local businesses asking them to donate the food and so they did, all of it.



We would like to thank all those who help us make this even possible and special for some young people who really appreciated it. Icons (soup), Wee Paddy’s (turkey & ham parcels), Moy Park (turkeys), High Street Harvest (Vegetable), Kosy Bakery (Cocktail Sausages), Tesco (drinks, shortbread, sweets, table dressings), Sue Dale (stuffing/deserts) and the staff & volunteers who made desserts.




Most of the young people were presented with an award on the night for achievement over that past month. Above (top) our Chairman (George Emerson) present Life Skill Awards, part of the YTMT programme.  Rudolf above (Jamie King) presented the YTMT girls there awards.


A full, fat and happy bunch, some of the young people.


Lurgan YMCA staff team (above) would like to wish all those who attend and support the YMCA throughout the year a fruitful 2015, stay safe and well.


October, 2014

Don’t Eat Mr Murphy’s Smarty!!

Lurgan YMCA youth Forum need help to raise £3000 to support their YMCA projects.  Let me ask you a question.  If you knew that you could change a young person life for the better just by filling a Smarty tube with £2 coins, would you?  Would you be willing to talk a sweat tube to your work or social group you are involved in and fill us some tubes?  That’s all it could take to put a young person on a new positive track in life.  It is really easy to get involved.  Just click on “EVENTS” or the link below, read how to do it and help us, we will really be grateful.


Smarties will never be the same again!

Indoor Climbing Wall – open to all!

September, 2014

Indoor Climbing Wall Open to Individual Climbers and Group or Party Bookings


Climbing is a great way to keep fit over the winter months, socialise with you friends and learn a new skill.  Indoor climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the western world.  Age is no boundary, and you don’t need to be super fit.  Climbing is about participating at the level you feel comfortable with.  The best climbers is those having the most fun, so don’t be afraid, pick up the phone and call us or better still call in, see the wall and have a chat about your needs.

Who currently uses the wall?

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There are many public climbing needs met on Lurgan YMCA’s wall. For example, complete beginners who have never ever climbed, come in, get some instructions and enjoy the new experience.  intermediate to experienced climbers, parents with children, other youth and community groups and lots and lots of birthday parties.

What’s new and what will happy over the next view months?

Junior climbing club – Climbing is a great way to keep young people fit and maintain their early years flexibility.  It is also a great way to socialise and make life long friends.  Lurgan YMCA would love to start a junior climbing club and link into Mountaineer Ireland ( and the (  If you know of a young people that would be interested in being part of a structured climbing club and are aged between 8 ish and 16 yrs we would like to meet you and them.  Youth climbing is growing very fast and you will see form the may on this link just how may walls and club there is in Ireland. (  ).  This opens up competition climbing up to world class standards and indeed N. Ireland has junior competing at this level.  So talk to us and get involved.

Recruitment of volunteers - If you knew that the only thing that was preventing a young person or even a retired person form going climbing was you, would you change that?  Well we would like to offer you the chance to volunteer with Lurgan YMCA and to help with our climbing wall.

What we expect of you:

We don’t expect you to have experience but we do expect you to have a desire to help people gain access to climbing.  We expect you to commit to training, that may take 2 pathways.

Pathway 1:  You may just be trained to sign climbers in, understand enough to know they are safe and to act as host for the public when visiting the wall or building, make them feel welcome, be friendly.

Pathway 2:  As well as being a good host and signing them in you may also be trained up to supervise the wall, help develop young climber, and help out with organised groups and parties when climbing.

We also expect you to be part of the YMCA family and be a good ambassador for the work we do in meeting community needs and that may mean talking to the public about other things we offer.

We expect you to act safely and to always put the climber or young person’s well-being at the top of your priority.

We also expect you to support our main policies of good practice and training in child protection, fire and health & safety etc.

What you can expect of us:

We will recruit you through normal legal processes for the community industry; application, 2 references and AccessNI vetting.

We will provide all the necessary training you need for either the of the 2 pathways above or for any other training you need to do other tasks you feel you would like to help with; e.g. youth work, canoeing, administration.

We will give you the support you need to do the job you have volunteered to do.

You will be inform and included in staff and volunteer trainings and socialising events.

As long as you are actively involved in helping out with the climbing wall operation you will have free access to climb personally.

Your skills may also be used a part of a climbing wall working group to support youth climbing, club development and participation at competitions.

For some who have senior leadership capabilities and time, you will be encouraged to oversee aspects of the climbing club and operations of the programme.


So what type of person are we looking for to be a volunteer - The type of volunteer needed are special.  the are people who want to get involved in their community and give something back.  We are looking for parents who want to support their child in climbing but also to play a role in how their participation develops.  People who just have a heart for young people and want to ensure they have the best opportunities to grow up to be strong in spirit, mind and body.  People who have some time to invest weekly and who can be depended on.  People who love being PART of a team, not think they are the team.  People who just want to help!.   If you are 16yrs old and mature and you are working toward UCAS or other awards like Duke of Edinburg or Presidents scheme, Uniform organisation badge work then this may be for you.  If you are working, unemployed, retired or someone who just has some time and you want to make friends then please come in and talk with us, we are not a bad bunch and we would love to hear form you.


Lurgan YMCA Climbing Wall Opening Times:


Monday to Thursday 1000hrs to 2100hrs

Fridays 1000hrs to 1330hrs and 1700-2100hrs

Saturdays are normally for groups and birthday parties

Note:  Always call us to make sure we are open and that a groups has not booked the wall.  As we are a youth centre, sometimes we have to close the wall to suit other programmes

Prices subject to changes:

Under 14s £3

Under 18s £4

Adults £5

Harness hire £2.50

Boot hire £2.50

Harness & boots together £4



Adventure Week!

September, 2014

If you want adventure in Lurgan go no further that the YMCA. We presented many challenges to young teenagers in canoeing, kayaking, hiking, climbing, coasteering and many other activities including camps etc.


The guys are getting to grips with boat control, its team work you can’t blame the other person if it fail!



No need to travel for miles, this is Lurgan Park Lake, right on our door step!  New skills being learned!



Some Peer coaching being had, leadership come to the front in the world of adventure! Come on, get out with us and try!


We offer all year round adventure in climbing, canoeing and forest activities. If you are a young person or the parent of a young person why not get involved, get away from X Box and Play station and face the “reality” only adventure can deliver.



That is how to do it!


Ok! it take more than one session to get it all correct but the fun in in the learning!



If water is not your thing, try this out!  Come to the YMCA and try our wall, we can teach you how!



At the YMCA we believe that young people can get to great heights in life, not just on the wall, but it is confidences builder like this that help them realise they can do…!


So don’t miss out on the fun, call in and see us and make sure you are part of it!!!


September, 2014

Twenty two young people from 4 different local schools came together to participate in a range of “crazy fun” activities. Archery to Laser Tag to Football Golf to Minute-to-Win-it challenges, finished off with a big Friday trip!

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Games on the beach in Murlough Bay were highly enjoyed by all as well as a lovely walk along the beach to Newcastle. Of course the amusements got a spin to finish the week off before a good sleep in the bus on the way home!

Beach 2014

Fun & enjoyment had by all, and best of all strengthened and new friendships formed.  Make sure you are in it next year!

Connection Cup Lisburn Champions

May, 2014

Hot on the heels of our recent success at Connection Cup Lurgan, the YMCA Lurgan 7 a side team were invited to the inaugural Connection Cup in Lisburn.


It was a brilliant tournament with teams mainly from Lisburn area but also from Moira and ourselves from Lurgan.

After four very tough group matches, with two wins and two draws we clinched a place in the semi finals.

A hard fought 2-1 victory saw the boys  into the final with plenty of scrapes and blood on their knees to show for it.

We were so proud of the boys in the final as they held onto a one goal lead.

They played as a team, fought for each other, covered each other and maintained the discipline necessary to achieve.

The 1-0 win ensured success with the boys now proud holders of both Connection Cup  trophies!

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PIPS Workshops

May, 2014

Our thanks to PIPS for delivering recent workshops to our young people on the subjects of ‘Self Harm’ and ‘Suicide’ awareness.


The young people really enjoyed learning more about these subjects and gaining the knowledge and  skills to help themselves and help others.


Successful YTime MyTime Residential

April, 2014


Last weekend we had a great activity weekend away with YTime MyTime Group 5 to Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle. The guys had a great time and took part in activities such as Deep Bouldering, Archery, Zip Line, Football, Bonfire and Laser Tag in the forest.

Click here to watch a video of the DEEP BOULDERING.

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Find us: YMCA Lurgan
4 Carnegie Street
Co. Armagh
BT66 6AS
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