Cavell Leitch Y Factor Spectacular!


September 27, 2016

On Sunday the 25th of September 60 young people showcased their talents at the much anticipated Cavell Leitch Y Factor youth talent quest. The event was held in the newly refurbished YMCA building last known for SPECTRUM, and before that known for the best indoor wall climbing in the city. Now a venue for the […]

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Nepal Expedition Completed!


September 27, 2016

Yesterday nineteen Alternative Education students aged 13-17, along with a staff team of ten, returned from a two week long overseas trip to Nepal. The purpose of the trip was to show YMCA students, who have all been excluded from mainstream school, the opportunities that exist for them beyond their own back yard. It was […]

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Papa Hou – Treasure Box


September 27, 2016

The YMCA is excited to announce that their stadium space has been converted into a 250 seat black box theatre, to act as a transitional stop-gap to the current lack of facilities available to theatre, dance and circus performers at affordable rates in the central city. The initiative has been met with enthusiasm from potential […]

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YMCA – A Champion of Young People!


September 23, 2016

The YMCA of Christchurch was acknowledged among peers and business leaders on Wednesday night as winners of the Champion Canterbury Medium/Large Charity Award. The Champion Canterbury Awards are the biggest business awards in New Zealand, with over 1100 people attending the Award dinner. CEO Josie Ogden Schroeder was amazed to be the recipient ahead of […]

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Tracking Progress in Nepal


September 6, 2016

Our Alternative Education students and tutors are about to embark on their Leap of Faith to Nepal – departing Christchurch on Sunday 11 September! Keep up with their progress, see their photos and read their accounts here, a huge thanks to Maprogress for providing the GPS equipment to make this possible. If you can see […]

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Stadium Developments


May 10, 2016

YMCA Christchurch has been actively involved in community discussions about gaps that exist for a range of community groups across the arts, recreation, education and tourism sectors. A clear need has been identified to provide affordable, flexible, centrally located performance spaces. After a spectacular SPECTRUM exhibit which saw nearly 100,000 visitors, the YMCA looked around […]

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Royal NZ Ballet at the Christchurch Y


May 9, 2016

Dance Ambassadors is a programme originally created and managed by Dance and Performance in 2013 and gifted to YMCA Christchurch in December 2015. Dance Ambassadors aims to strengthen and support the Christchurch dance community through the promotion of active engagement with dance in Christchurch Secondary Schools. The programme runs in an annual cycle with events […]

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Health & Fitness – Paul Rutledge


April 10, 2016

The YMCA of Christchurch has operated in Christchurch for 154 years. Core to our many, many services are those that are focused on health and wellbeing, either through our stadium activities, outdoor adventure activities, recreation or fitness centres. Paul Rutledge, one of our long term members (involved since the early 80’s), says that he sticks […]

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Volunteering – Pippa Jerard


April 10, 2016

Pippa is sixteen years old and has been volunteering for the YMCA for the past year. Pippa attends Papanui High School and has found at the YMCA a different group of friends and a different set of doors and opportunities. Even though at school she has a busy life – is involved in peer support, […]

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Winter at Wainui


July 17, 2014

Winter at Wainui In need of a Weekend or Winter Retreat for your group!? At YMCA Wainui Park We have AVAILABILITY! Book before the end of August and we will offer a complimentary giant swing session for up to 12 people! Described as Canterbury’s best kept secret YMCA Wainui Park on Banks Peninsula is your […]

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Learn at the Y


July 17, 2014

Learn at the Y For over 25 years the YMCA Christchurch has provided programmes that offer a safe and positive learning environment for young people in education, training and employment related skills. As a registered accredited provider we offer NZQA approved courses aimed specifically towards young school leavers up to 18 years of age who […]

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