Welcome to the Christchurch YMCA

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There is lots going on at your YMCA at the moment!YMCA staff have hit the ‘new year’ with a surge of excitement and anticipation.

At the City Y the lobby has been described by a recent accommodation guest as “humming” and this is true of our other areas of our work.

Youth programmes are humming, health & fitness is humming, childcare is humming, Wainui Camp is humming… with hundreds of children per week enjoying their school summer camps.

I reflect that it is a great organisation – one where there is never a dull moment, one which impacts on a wide variety of people and parts of our community and one which walks the talk of our values in a way which makes me feel proud of what we do and all our great staff and volunteers.

Spread the word – the more the merrier.

Look forward to seeing you here soon.



August 2014

Dads Climb Free

Drive Dad up the walls this Father’s Day weekend, with FREE entry to Clip ‘n Climb for him (with every paying child).

Come on down on either Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th September, between 10am and 6:15pm, bookings are essential so call 377 3000 to book your place.

Disclaimer: Clip ‘n Climb take no responsibility for exhausted Dads due to excessive shenanigans and good times in general!




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  • Show Me Skills – Basketball Clinic 

As well as our ever popular school holiday programmes, we are offering a one day basketball clinic at the Bishopdale YMCA Recreation Centre on Wednesday 1 October – 9am to 3pm.

This is aimed at 9 to 14 year olds, with intermediate level skill sessions run in the morning and games in afternoon.

Limited space available – phone 3598320 to book now.





  • 2014 YMCA Youth Talent Quest 

Applications close on 14 September 2014, so go on…get your audition in now!!!

Click here to find out more details of how to submit your audition.

The Live Final will be held at the Performing Arts Centre at Cashmere High School on Saturday 27 September.





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  • School Holiday Programmes 

School holiday programmes open on Wednesday 20 August at 9am!

Y Camp is back, so get in quick to book your place.

Click here to take you to the online registration page, or pop into reception at either Bishopdale or the City Y and fill out an enrolment form.




July 2014

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  • Squash Courts – City Y

    The squash courts at the City YMCA have had an upgrade!

    There have been a large number of court closures in Christchurch due to the earthquakes.  Squash Canterbury have been successful in obtaining funding from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to upgrade the squash courts at the Hereford Street YMCA for public and club use.

    Come in and try out the new look courts by phoning reception 3660689 for bookings. The YMCA is grateful to the CEAT and Squash Canterbury support for this project


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  • Building Facelift

    Please be advised that from Wednesday 23 July contractors will finally be starting the final stage of exterior earthquake repairs/painting to our Accommodation building.  We are very excited to get this underway after a long wait, and hope for it all to be finished within three months.  This means that scaffolding and secure wrapping will be erected around the accommodation block, however daily operations and facilities will not be affected – business as usual!

    The building is totally safe, and the work being undertaken is purely for aesthetics.

    The contractors will be onsite Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5pm – we apologise in advance for any inconvenience, and will do our best to make this process as less disruptive as possible.


June 2014


  • YMCA Adventure Centre – with the Roxx and Clip n Climb

From the 3 June the YMCA is taking over the Roxx and Clip n Climb!  We would love to see you down there.

Please note that the climbing wall at the City Y is still open.



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  • Opawa St Martins Plunket Toy Library

The Opawa St Martins Plunket Toy Library has recently relocated to the City Y, in squash court 6.   Badly affected by the earthquakes, this is the 5th time the Toy Library has had to find a new home since September 2010.  They are working with the council to eventually get back into their catchment area, but in the mean time they are able to continue operating for their members here at the Y!

They are open Friday morning 9:30am-11:30am, Saturday 9:30am-3pm and Tuesday evening 7pm-8:30pm.  So pop in and check out their wonderful array of toys, DVDs, puzzles and games – and sign up!


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  • YMCA Gymnastics Parties

    We just want to remind you that we host gymnastics themed birthday parties at the Bishopdale Recreation Centre!  So if you are looking for something different to keep your special birthday person and all their friends happy, look no further than the Y!!   Phone 359 8320 now to make a booking.



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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: