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The YMCA Christchurch has big plans in process to convert our Stadium into something which makes a BIG difference for Christchurch and New Zealand.

Our city needs fresh and innovative things to see and do – and the Christchurch Y needs your support to help us get there!

For more information about how YOU can make a difference and to see our funding progress, click here.


February 2015


  •          Vacancy – YMCA Adventure Centre General Manager

We are looking for someone to provide oversight, strategic direction and inspirational leadership for a great team of young staff at the YMCA Adventure Centre (incorporating the Roxx Climbing Centre and Clip ‘n Climb).

If this sounds like you, click here for more information and how to apply!




  •          SPECTRUM is open!

The Spectrum Street Art Festival was officially opened on Friday 13 February by the Minister for Culture & Heritage the Rt Hon Maggie Barry.

Spectrum is open to the public seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:30pm right through until the 10 May 2015 – and is free!

As well as the main exhibition in the city YMCA building in Hereford Street, several Big Walls around Christchurch are being painted by the featured artists – download the Street Wise app for Android and iPhone, or pick up a map from the city YMCA when you visit the exhibition.

Follow the spraycan stairs into the subway…



Todd Foundation (large)

  •          $1m Grant from the Todd Foundation!

The Todd Foundation has announced that the YMCA Christchurch is the recipient of the Todd Foundation’s $1 million initiative project for children and youth in Christchurch!!

The Todd Foundation were looking to find a long-lasting project which will celebrate what is possible in the new Christchurch and will benefit children and/or youth as the city continues to rebuild and grow.

The $1m grant will go towards the creation of a Youth Art Place as part of our Museum of Street Art and Community Theatre stadium re-development at the end of the Spectrum Street Art Festival.

Read more here…



  •          PM John Key previews Spectrum

On Thursday 12 February John Key got a sneak peek inside the Sprectrum Street Art Festival…



January 2015

  •           Spectrum Street Art FestivalSpectrum Poster

Hot on the heels of the unprecedented success of the RISE festival last summer, Oi YOU!, in partnership with the YMCA and Canterbury Museum, will present SPECTRUM, its latest street art extravaganza, from 14 February to 10 May 2015.

With 2 venues, 8 exhibitions, 10 big walls, 17 of the world’s best, 22 Banksy’s and 890 T-shirts, SPECTRUM promises to be even bigger and better than RISE, which attracted 248,000 people.

SPECTRUM will encapsulate every tint and tone of the world’s favourite art form and explore the myriad of ways that street artists get their work seen. It will spread across 2 venues, the YMCA on Hereford Street and Canterbury Museum, as well as the city’s streets – where another series of blank walls will be transformed into stunning works of art.  Read more…


         Spectrum Street Art Festival.

November 2014.


  • 2014 Charity Golf Tournament

We had a great day at Weedons Country Club on Friday 21 November for the 3rd Annual YMCA Charity Golf Tournament.  After a shaky start with the burning BBQ we were lucky to have an amazing day with the warm nor’west and refreshments along the way.  A huge thanks to all of our sponsors and players – we hope to see you all again next year.

Click here to view photos from the day.


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  •        YMCA Gift Giving

Camps WebDo you feel like you are going through the motions buying unappreciated gifts for family and friends?  How about making a meaningful gift for a disadvantaged student, a child in need or an adult living with an intellectual disability instead?

By making a donation of $25, $50 or $100 in the name of a friend or family member, you can choose one of four community programmes to support on their behalf, and you will receive a gift card to send to them.  The card will tell them a donation has been made on their behalf and there is room inside for you to write your own personal message.

Click here for more information and to purchase online, or pop into the City Y or Bishopdale Recreation Centre to pick one up there.  One card per donation.





Click here to see the exciting events planned for 2014, including: