Annual Review 2019

Welcome to YMCA Ireland's Review of 2019

Campbell Killick - President YMCA Ireland

1 John 4:21: ‘And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother’.

Our AGM and annual review are an opportunity to reflect on the progress that the YMCA movement in Ireland has made and look forward to the future. It has been a year of change and in our annual report you can read about our developments and achievements. Two common themes within the work of the last 12 months are development and compassion. The key strength of the YMCA is our ability to welcome everyone who comes through our doors. It is important that everyone feels loved, feels valued, feels accepted. Collaboration has always been a priority of the movement but in recent years I have seen the various parts of the YMCA pulling together towards this common goal. We are finding new ways to work together, to be like minded, to cooperate.

In a world dominated by competition and violence I am proud to be part of a movement that seeks to foster peace and compassion and I believe that these are aspects of our work that will have a lasting impact. Our success is built on staff members and volunteers who enact these values across the island celebrating the diversity and dignity of the young people and their that we serve.

The annual review is a good time to pay tribute to the staff and volunteers who support YMCA programmes across Ireland, cooperating in the spirit of unconditional love, understanding and compassion. During the last year we have seen significant changes in our staffing and we particularly want to welcome John and David to their new positions.

As we look forward, we need to hear the voice of young people guiding us as we take on the new challenges that we face. We need to work together to build a strategy which will enable us to be united in diversity as we plan for an uncertain future.

Campbell Killick