Welcome to the Cobh  YMCA web-site! Hopefully it will give you a feel for our various activities and programmes. 
Cobh YMCA was established in 1993 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.
Latest news from Cobh YMCA

Recent Announcements

  • Cobh YMCA has moved to Ticknock Cobh YMCA has moved to Ticknock, leaving West Beach where we have been based for 6 years. Our new premises is at 4A Ticknock Commerical Park, between the Lidl and Aldi stores and above the St Vincent de Paul depot. We have greater space and a bigger facility and look forward to developing our existing programmes over the coming years in this great new premises
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 5:27 AM by James Bilson
  • Techspace Hub @ Cobh YMCA TECHSPACE Hub coming to the YMCA The YMCA have been involved in community education in Cobh since 1993 (STEP Program – PAKT Program) and we endeavor to keep our programs current and relevant to the climate we live in. Keeping this ethos in mind we continually seek out innovative and creative means to develop young people’s minds. One such project which we are very excited about is “Techspace at the Y”. Techspace at the Y will provide young people with a creative space where they will be inspired to create, produce and have fun with digital media. Young people will be provided with FREE access to a fully kitted out digital space with a trained co-ordinator and experienced mentors ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2013, 2:20 AM by Hulda Baumann
  • Substance Use Issues in Youth and Community Work The (FETAC Level 5) Substance Use Issues In Youth & Community Work  modules are designed to promote good practice among those who work (in a paid or voluntary capacity) with young people and communities who are affected by substance use.  The course can provide an essential view of some of the issues that affect young people and their communities and encourages the development of appropriate responses at individual and organisational level. The modules should promote the ability of learners to work safely and effectively in youth and / or community work settings.  
    Posted Jul 15, 2013, 5:01 AM by Hulda Baumann
  • STEP Programme September 2013 - June 2014 - Recruitment YMCA’s Support, Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP) in Cobh is currently recruiting for their September 2013 to June 2014 programme. The full-time programme offers IT Training with ECDL Certification, and a full FETAC Level 4 award in Employment Skills. There are components in Communications, Work Experience, Career Planning, Customer Service, Functional Maths and Team Working. New for the 2013-14 year is the Digital Media Technology There are also two work placement components totalling 6 weeks within the course. The aim of the programme is to support participants in gaining employment or accessing further education. The programme is primarily aimed at early school leavers who are unemployed and between the ages of 17-25 years, having left school ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2013, 4:54 AM by Hulda Baumann
  • STEP Celebrates Graduation Success Trainees from Cobh YMCA’s STEP programme graduated on Monday after completing a year-long course in Employment Skills. The Level 4 FETAC Award includes key skills in Communications, Work Experience and Computing (Full ECDL) but also Customer Service, Working as a Team and Intercultural Studies. The students, who hosted an hour long celebration of their achievements, showcased some of the Team events which included high wire climbing activities in the Glen resource centre, maintaining an allotment and organising fundraising events. Coordinator, James Bilson said “The aim of this course is to build the skills and confidence of the young people by developing practical core skills and allowing these to be tested in real world way. The small group work ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2013, 9:04 AM by James Bilson
  • Cash was splashed for Katie in epic fundraising day in Cobh! The students on Cobh YMCA’s STEP course organised a hugely successful fundraising event for local girl Katie Byrne. Six year old Katie,  who is a wheelchair user, was born with cerebral palsy, is hoping to travel to America for an operation that will allow her to walk. Her sister, Natalie is doing the STEP course and the rest of the students volunteered to organise Friday’s fundraiser. A ‘Sponge Splat’ was decided upon and the trainees set about creating their own ‘Splat Board’, with none other than a traffic warden’s image for people to throw sponges at – a popular choice in Cobh! This took on added relevance when they decided to approach the local traffic warden, Mathew Watkinson ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2013, 9:12 AM by James Bilson
  • Short term immediate Vacancy on STEP course Vacancies have arisen on the current STEP course which runs until 28th June. If you are interested in participating in this programme with a view to accessing college in September, learning new skills for job seeking or for the work place, please contact us immediately. Eligibility criteria apply. 4814060 to enquire or make appointment
    Posted Apr 18, 2013, 3:24 AM by James Bilson
  • New short animation addresses Peer Pressure and need for Resilience in young people An animation made by Cobh STEP group at Cobh YMCA for One World Week 2012. The issue addressed is how to build Resilience in young people, in their communities and in their lives. The film looks at peer pressure and the influences young people come under and the importance of having supports in their lives. This was made with support from NYCI development education programme and with Darius Musukwa from our partner YMCA in Lusaka, Zambia
    Posted Feb 11, 2013, 6:59 AM by James Bilson
  • Information Service at Cobh YMCA Check out our range of services at Cobh YMCA !
    Posted Jan 28, 2013, 2:49 AM by Hulda Baumann
  • SHEP - Spring Courses' 2013 New Courses on offer for Spring 2013 at SHEPFor More information click link: 
    Posted Jan 15, 2013, 2:04 AM by Hulda Baumann
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October 2012 Update..... In light of the ongoing issues and the tragic death recently of the girl in Donegal, the following guidelines were issued by 

SpunOut is advising young people to ignore bullying and not to respond online, to keep screenshot evidence and to report incidents to a trusted adult. It is also encouraging parents to speak to their children about behaving responsibly online. 

See the article in full by clicking the link;

This month we are looking at...

Cyber Bullying

A staggering 26% of Irish teens said they or someone they know had been bullied on line, more astonishingly only 10% of them had discussed it with someone other than their friends.

Traditionally bullying took place in the school yard, but cyber-bullying is on the increase. What is Cyber-bullying? It is the terms given to bullying that is done either in text-messages, email, Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, Youtube posting just to name a few.

Although technology provides numerous benefits to young people it also has a “dark side”. Social networking sites such as Facebook. Twitter MSN, have opened the doors for cyber bullying on a “Grand scale”. It can happen to anyone and the perpetrator can act anonymously and can say things they’d never say in real life. Cyber bullying, as with all forms of bullying can have a very negative impact on young people including :

·         Undermine their confidence, their sense of security and their self esteem.

·         Affect their performance and attendance at school

·         Cause stress which in turn can affect their mental health which can lead to suicidal thoughts


With cyber-bullying, unlike traditional forms of bullying, it can take place 24/7 and not just during school hours. Cyber-bullying often invades the person’s home and their personal space. It can last a lot longer and be done very quickly and on a much larger scale.


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