Ballincollig YMCA

Welcome to the Ballincollig YMCA web-site! Hopefully it will give you a feel for our various activities and programmes. 
Ballincollig YMCA was established in 1991 and over the intervening years it has developed a range of services and programmes to meet the ever-changing needs of young people. It is managed by a local group of volunteers who help to provide support and direction to a team of staff and programme  volunteers. Ballincollig YMCA is also a base for a number of  YMCA Ireland departments and programmes including Health, STEP and Youth Leadership.

Recent News

  • STEP Ballincollig Recruitment Now On! The Ballincollig YMCA Support, Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP) is now recruiting for the next course in FETAC Level 4 and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).The course is open to applicants aged 17 to 25 years and runs from 3 September to 28 of June 2013.“STEP has given me a lot of confidence,” said one graduate of the programme.“It has changed my perspective on learning and education. Before I never thought I could go to college, now I feel like applying for all the courses I can and build from this to getting a job. I am excited about starting a college course in September in Cork College of Commerce.”To apply contact Sharon O'Connell ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2012, 3:30 AM by Tom Kent
  • Ballincollig PAKT Summer Scheme a great success! 11 kids spent an exciting and eventful week in Ballincollig Summer Scheme 2010. All the activities were focused this year on a theme "We Are Family". Kids enjoyed being outside, doing arts & crafts, cooking and making up drama pieces, which were presented on the Big Family Event. With help from the staff the kids took responsibility of organising the Family event themselves. They started with gathering ideas, went through planning & sharing tasks to holding Barbecue Party for their families. As a part of a party the group presented the work they have been doing during the week. The highlight was the Volcano presentation. Older boys made up a volcano and let it explode in front of 35 people. We didn ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2010, 2:53 AM by Ivan mc mahon
  • Wishing Miriam Well! Staff,  volunteers, parents and young people associated with  Ballincollig YMCA wish Miriam well as she goes on maternity leave in advance of her first baby which is due in mid July. She is going to be missed big-time in Ballincollig. Some of her duties are going to be taken on by Maria who is currently involved in the Cobh PAKT project.
    Posted Jul 9, 2010, 9:42 AM by Ivan mc mahon
  • Step Graduation 2010 Last Tuesday marked the end of another very successful STEP Course at the YMCA in Ballincollig.  The Graduation ceremony took place at 7pm and was attended by the STEP trainees and their families, YMCA staff and community representatives. A large number of parents and trainees thanked the staff for giving them the opportunity to attend the course as they all said it has changed their lives for the better and given them direction for their future. Two of the trainees are going back to College in September to do the Leaving Certificate and all other trainees who graduated have secured places in PLC courses at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa persuing their chosen careers namely, Computer Forensics, Computer Maintenance and Legal Studies ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2010, 3:56 AM by Sharon O'Connell
  • PAKT & PAKT+ are celebrating International Children's Day Ballincollig PAKT & PAKT+ groups are celebrating International Children's Day. This day is widely celebrated on the 1st of June. Children's Day had its origin in the World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children in Geneva in 1925. This week we'll be focusing on Children's Rights and United Nations Convention on  the Rights of the Child. The kids will have chance to build familiarity with the convention, to learn about their own rights and about their responsibility to respect the rights of others. We'll highlight ideas of respect, fairness, justice & equality.
    Posted Jun 1, 2010, 5:58 AM by Evgenia Grishina
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