Who We Are

Bath YMCA is a large charitable organisation based in the centre of the historic city of Bath but operating across, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire carrying out a variety of different work. Like all YMCA’s in England, Bath is an autonomous charity that affiliates to YMCA England. This means that all YMCAs are independent and whilst many carry out similar types of work, every YMCA is different, with its own board of management made up of representatives from the local communities in which it works.

Therefore whilst the YMCA is an international organisation, it is also local and Bath YMCA works with local people, local businesses, local authorities and other local social enterprises to provide and respond to changing and developing needs. By supporting Bath YMCA you are supporting our work locally and internationally. As a not for profit charitable organisation, any surpluses are fed back into our work.

YMCA’s are symbolised by a triangle, representing our mission to look at the individual holistically and develop them in body, mind and spirit. The good news is that you don’t have to be Young, Male or Christian to enjoy and benefit from being part of your local YMCA – we’re here for everyone!

Our delivery is principally through the following areas:

  • Accommodation – at our main site in central Bath we offer budget accommodation in single, twin, family and dormitory rooms. We cater for individual travellers through to group bookings. Our unique location and excellent facilities make us a natural choice for those visiting Bath. Supported accommodation – we offer a limited number of bedrooms to individuals who have support needs and are looking for a safe but temporary place to stay.
  • Health and Fitness – through our Club at the main site. Known locally as the friendliest health club in Bath, we operate a busy facility offering an up to date gym and studio programme of over 30 classes a week. Fantastic staff offer exceptional support on your fitness journey. We also run an ‘Activate’ programme at our Roundhill Centre.
  • Nursery childcare – we run five Ofsted registered nurseries. Our original one in Bath at our main site and the others in Melksham, Malmesbury and Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Pre-school children are cared for in stimulating and creative environments.
  • Extended Schools and Holiday Clubs – these are run across Bath at a variety of sites and provide a range of services such as breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday clubs that cater for parents / carers who need high quality care for their children outside of school hours.
  • Community programmes – working with young people is central to our mission. We run youth projects with local young people across Bath and Bristol – which involves anything from a highly successful Ten Sing group in Bristol to working with young people in a youth work role. We also have a permanent centre in Roundhill, Bath which offers a variety of community activities from youth work to our ‘Activate’ health and fitness programme.
  • EVS Project – this stands for the European Voluntary Service, through which we offer international volunteering opportunities, where we host a group of international young people to live at our main site in the centre of Bath and work in a variety of our projects. This gives the successful applicants a fantastic opportunity to gain a variety of different work experiences but also the chance to live in Bath in a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Timsbury YMCA – as part of the Bath YMCA group, Timsbury YMCA is about catering for the community in many different ways. There is a successful youth project and a variety of other activities run at the centre.
  • Catering and Conferencing – we couldn’t reasonably accommodate nearly 200 people a night at our main site in Bath without offering catering facilities. A light breakfast (cereals, toast, jams, tea, coffee, juice, fruit and yoghurt) is available every day and a cooked breakfast is available to purchase at the weekends. Evening meals, packed lunches and special catering are all available on request. Our main site also benefits from a selection of conferencing rooms that are bookable with or without catering.

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