Welcome to the Christchurch YMCA


The YMCA Christchurch has big plans in process to convert our Stadium into something which makes a BIG difference for Christchurch and New Zealand.

Our city needs fresh and innovative things to see and do – and the Christchurch Y needs your support to help us get there!

For more information about how YOU can make a difference and to see our funding progress, click here.



The Great Art GiveawayGAG

As a part of the SPECTRUM Festival, on Sunday 28 February, Oi YOU! and the YMCA will be giving away 36 works of art worth over $5,000 in the YMCA Great Art Giveaway!

In true treasure hunt style, 30 tokens will be cunningly hidden in the Botanic Gardens opposite the YMCA – if you find one you’ll walk away with a free work of art!

See more about the day here.



RUNFIT – the technical edge12540614_966657596747793_7110533150133200820_n

Learn to run more efficiently with RunFit, starting 1 February in Hagley Park.   RunFit will focus on running technique vital to improving speed, reducing injuries and making running more enjoyable for both regular runners and the beginner.

Each session includes core strength, running drills & a running route overseen by a YMCA Personal Trainer and a Muscle People Physiotherapist.

Call 961 0236 for more information or email admin@musclepeople.co.nz.


SPECTRUM – now open!Sofles

SPECTRUM is the southern hemisphere’s largest street art festival and the 2016 event will encapsulate every tint and tone of the world’s favourite art form and explore the myriad of ways that street artists get their work seen.

Here at the YMCA visitors will explore eight exhibition spaces and discover street art from every possible angle, from a Kiwi rainforest to an urban jungle and from a simple tag to a global artistic explosion –then it’s out onto the streets to hunt down the next series of huge walls to be transformed into stunning works of art.

Open every day from 9:30am to 5:30pm, with late nights on Thursday and Firday (open until 8pm), until 17 April 2016.


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Newsflash! The YMCA has produced a gorgeous picture book, which will be available to purchase from early December, written by our own CEO – Josie Ogden Schroeder.

Pip is a cute dog who is interested in the world around her. She also likes playing games at the park and she has a great sense of smell. What she sniffs out at the YMCA is not what she expected…

On sale now!  $20 – get your copy from the City YMCA, Bishopdale Recreation Centre or the Adventure Centre.

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$1m Grant from the Todd Foundation!

The Todd Foundation has announced that the YMCA Christchurch is the recipient of the Todd Foundation’s $1 million initiative project for children and youth in Christchurch!!

The Todd Foundation were looking to find a long-lasting project which will celebrate what is possible in the new Christchurch and will benefit children and/or youth as the city continues to rebuild and grow.

The $1m grant will go towards the creation of a Youth Art Place as part of our Museum of Street Art and Community Theatre stadium re-development at the end of the Spectrum Street Art Festival.

Read more here…

     YMCA Gift Giving

Camps WebDo you feel like you are going through the motions buying unappreciated gifts for family and friends?  How about making a meaningful gift for a disadvantaged student, a child in need or an adult living with an intellectual disability instead?

By making a donation of $25, $50 or $100 in the name of a friend or family member, you can choose one of four community programmes to support on their behalf, and you will receive a gift card to send to them.  The card will tell them a donation has been made on their behalf and there is room inside for you to write your own personal message.

Click here for more information and to purchase online, or pop into the City Y or Bishopdale Recreation Centre to pick one up there.  One card per donation......


Click here to see the exciting events planned for 2015, including:

Youth Talent Quest

Charity Golf Tournament

Life Fit Event

Carols by Candleight