Welcome to the Christchurch YMCA

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The YMCA has too much to offer to easily summarise!

Right at the moment we are fundraising for some exciting new developments at the Y, including a pool and a community theatre. There is lots of stuff ‘in the pipeline’ which is exciting for the future of your Y and for Christchurch.As well as that we are proud to support young people from all sides of the tracks in a range of education programmes, volunteer training programmes, active citizenship initiatives and more…

If you hadn’t heard, we also now own and operate the YMCA Adventure Centre (formally known as The Roxx), and it is rock-ing!

Literally everyone is welcome at the YMCA: we’ve got something for every age, every ability, every interest – from fitness to sport, outdoor adventure to team building, accommodation to conference, participation to leadership.

Spread the word and get involved and thank you heaps for your support!



January 2015

  •           Recreation Executive – VACANCY

We have a unique leadership opportunity, the YMCA Christchurch seeks a dynamic leader with experience in recreational facility management who is looking for a varied role which includes personal  challenge and creating positive community outcomes.  Read more…


December 2014

  •           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: