Home › Who We Are › Our Story

YMCA Lurgan is a faith based, voluntary organisation serving communities and individuals from its purpose built centre in Carnegie Street.


YMCA Lurgan was established in 1986, based on the founding ideology of tolerance, respect and understanding in a town where there was often mistrust and division as a result of conflict.

After delivering programmes from various town centre bases, our association relocated to a new purpose built centre in Carnegie Street in the town centre, in 2013. The YMCA now delivers services to over 250 young people per week, with over 330 registered members

Our Association

YMCA Lurgan is a faith-based, voluntary youth and community organisation, affiliated to YMCA Ireland and a part of the worldwide YMCA movement.

The Association was established in 1988. We operate as a Private Company Limited by Guarantee (NI) and are registered with the Charities Commission NI

YMCA Lurgan is autonomously governed by a local Board of Management.

Our People

YMCA Lurgan currently employs a team of staff, who are supported by two youth work interns, volunteers and young leaders.

Learn more about Our People

Our Programmes

Together, our staff and volunteers support young people across the Lurgan area , through the promotion of the three YMCA pillars: Youth Development, Community Engagement and Healthy Living activities.

Under these three core pillars, our programmes are designed to respond to local need and include:

  • Centre-based youth work
  • Personal and Social
  • Development programmes for young people
  • Independent Living Programme for young people with disabilities
  • Youth Justice Intervention programmes
  • Educational Support programmes
  • Training, Leadership & Volunteer Development

Our Funders

The Wider YMCA Movement

Founded in 1844, the YMCA today operates in 119 countries reaching over 58 million people and is the largest and oldest non-uniformed youth organisation in the world.

The YMCA is an inclusive Christian organisation, open to people of all faiths and none, which seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and families, and empower them to create positive change in their lives and communities. Globally, the YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to communities by empowering children and young people to be agents of change.