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Our History, Mission & Values

Our History

Founded in 1844, the YMCA today operates in 119 countries reaching over 58 million people and is the largest and oldest non-uniformed youth organisation in the world. The YMCA is an inclusive Christian organisation, open to people of all faiths and none, which seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and families, and empower them to create positive change in their lives and communities. Globally, the YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to communities by empowering children and young people to be agents of change.

YMCA North Down was established in 1979, originally known as Bangor YMCA, and was based on Queen’s Parade, Bangor, with programmes focused on young people in central Bangor. Our Association relocated to new premises on lower High Street, Bangor in 2016, and now delivers services to over 600 people, of all ages, per week across the Ards and North Down area. as an autonomous, voluntary organisation, part of a worldwide network of YMCAs across 119 countries which, from its beginnings, has been based on the founding ideology of tolerance, respect and understanding.

YMCA North Down is autonomously governed by a local Board of Management, and is affiliated to the National Council of YMCA Ireland.

Our Mission

To live out the Christian faith by supporting young people, families and communities to flourish in mind, body and spirit.

Our Values

We believe that an ethos of care and compassion should underpin all aspects of our work. In particular, we aim to live out the Christian values of:

Integrity – we will be open and transparent in all our dealings with service-users, stakeholders and each other.

Inclusion – we are open to all cultures and backgrounds and those of all faiths and none.

Respect – we believe in the intrinsic worth and dignity of every person.

Responsiveness – we will continuously reflect on our practice, and be flexible & innovative in responding to changing needs and priorities.

Volunteering – we will encourage volunteer involvement in all our activities, and support & develop those who give their time to the work of our organisation.

Partnership – we will play our part within the worldwide YMCA family, and work collaboratively with other organisations in order to provide the best support possible to young people, families and communities.

Our People

We are a passionate team of people who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people, families and communities in our area.

Our Board

CHAIRPERSON

Stewart Anderson

TREASURER

Neil Robinson

DIRECTORS

Deborah Murray, Craig Blaney, Antoine Rivierre, Glen Baxter, Derek McClure, Dennis Scott

Our Staff

Stuart Buchanan

Stuart Buchanan

General Secretary/CEO

Ricky Garrett

Ricky Garrett

Men's Health Worker & Youth Support Worker

Helen Clarke

Helen Clarke

Housing Support Worker

Julie-Ann Skinner

Julie-Ann Skinner

Community Worker

Anna Johnston

Anna Johnston

Youth Support Worker

Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson

Youth Support Worker

Joanne Young

Joanne Young

Harbour Renewal Project Worker

Monika Ciok-Gertuga

Monika Ciok-Gertuga

Bilingual Advocacy Worker/Housing Support Worker

Serena McMeekin

Serena McMeekin

Assistant Youth Support Worker

Julija Ivanova

Julija Ivanova

Assistant Bilingual Advocacy Worker

Jess Robinson

Jess Robinson

After School Club Leader

Fran Ainsworth

Fran Ainsworth

Playwork Assistant/ Assistant Youth Support Worker

Sharon Titterington

Sharon Titterington

Tenant Support Service Manager

Demi Smyth

Demi Smyth

Playwork Assistant - Ballyholme

Julie Tourish

Julie Tourish

m-power Project Worker

Hannah Piotrskwa

Hannah Piotrskwa

Cleaner/Caretaker

Naomi Flood-Coleman

Naomi Flood-Coleman

Playwork Assistant - Ballyholme

Safeguarding & Protecting Children

 

Our Policy Statement

YMCA North Down is committed to taking every appropriate step to ensure the safety and well-being of the children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work, regardless of class, gender, race or creed. Our Child Protection policy applies to all children and young people under the age of eighteen. Our Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults policy applies to adults who may be vulnerable to abuse because of mental ill health, a disability, a sensory impairment, old age or frailty, physical illness or living circumstances.

North Down YMCA is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of our young people, service users, staff and volunteers. Those served by or working for our Association should at all times show, and be shown, respect and understanding regarding their rights, safety and welfare.

All YMCA staff and volunteers must be aware of our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies, and ensure they are correctly implemented.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers

Whilst you can talk to any YMCA staff member or volunteer about bullying, abuse, neglect or any other concern, further advice and support is available from our Designated Safeguarding Officers, who are:

Ricky Garrett

Ricky Garrett

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Sharon Titterington

Sharon Titterington

Tenant Support Service Manager

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers

In addition, our Trustee with Responsibility for Safeguarding is:

Our Policies

Our policies relating to safeguarding, child protection and health and safety are available upon request. Please feel free to contact us via the conatct us page or by calling the main office on 028 9145 4290