North Down YMCA celebrates year of achievement at AGM

North Down YMCA held its Annual General Meeting in the Town Hall on Monday 11 November 2013.  The choice of venue reflected the Association’s status as one of the three Mayor’s Charities for 2013-14.  The event was attended by over 50 people, including elected representatives, partner agencies, Council officers and supporters.  YMCA Board, staff, volunteers and service users were also well represented at the event.

Stuart Buchanan, General Secretary/CEO of North Down YMCA, introduced the Annual Report 2012-13 and summarised the Association’s work with over 900 people across North Down and Ards during the past year.  Various service users and volunteers, alongside staff, spoke about their personal experience of the YMCA’s work with children, young people, families and communities.  Neil Robinson, Treasurer, presented the Association’s financial report for 2013-14 and highlighted the increasingly challenging funding environment within the voluntary sector.

Edgar Jardine CB, Chairman of North Down YMCA, launched the Association’s Strategic Plan for 2013-16.  Mr Jardine, while introducing the YMCA’s priorities for changes for the next three years, stated, “What we believes determines what we do”.  Furthermore, he highlighted the importance of the Association’s values – integrity, inclusion, respect and responsiveness – in underpinning all of the work carried out by North Down YMCA.

I hosted the event and addressed the meeting emphasising the important role that the YMCA plays in North Down and that the YMCA has important role in the redevelopment of Bangor closing the meeting by encouraging the YMCA to “continue to do the difficult work it already does”.

Copies of North Down YMCA’s Annual Report 2012-13 and Strategic Plan 2013-16 are available on request from the main office by telephone (028 9145 4290 option 0) or email (cathy@northdownymca.org ).