Annual Review 2018

Welcome to YMCA Ireland's Review of 2018

'Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble' (1 Peter 3:8)

Our annual review is a great opportunity to reflect on the progress that the YMCA movement in Ireland has made. It has been a busy year and here you can read about our many noteworthy developments and achievements.

It seems to me that two common themes within the work of the last 12 months are compassion and cooperation. The key strength of the YMCA is our ability to see the inherent dignity within all who come through our doors. I love to listen as children, young people and adults describe how they feel welcome, how they feel valued, how they feel accepted. This 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. It seems that 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 cooperation and compassion and I believe that these are aspects of our work that will have a lasting impact. Our success is built on individual staff members who enact these values through numerous programmes across the island celebrating the diversity and dignity of the people 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 generosity, understanding and compassion.

Campbell Killick (President YMCA Ireland)