Newport YMCA, although it is the oldest voluntary youth organisation in Newport, continues to be at the forefront of developments to improve the life of the city’s young people.
We work with all young people without regard to gender, race or sexual orientation. Newport YMCA works mainly in the Pillgwenlly area of Newport in South East Wales. This is one of the most culturally diverse areas in Wales with ethnic minorities from Africa (Somalia and Sudan), Asia particularly Bangladesh, the middle east (a significant Yemeni community) and Eastern European groups. The area also has major issues of social deprivation and is among the most disadvantaged in Wales.
Newport YMCA works in partnership with the BBC Children in Need, Newport Youth Service, Communities First and other partners to offer young people the opportunity to take part in informal education and constructive recreational opportunities.
Our Youth Work which sees attendees of up to 50 regularly attending evening sessions throughout the year and daily sessions in the holidays is an outstanding example of traditional youth work at its best. Young people attend because they want to and they are skilfully supervised by dedicated and talented youth workers.
We are very proud to have been featured on Children in Need 2014.