To provide support to those most in need, we work closely with community agencies to help identify and refer people who would benefit from our assistance.
As well as the obvious health benefits of leading physically active lives, there are also emotional and social benefits which are often harder to measure. Yet we know that providing the opportunity for people to connect with their community helps reduce isolation, increase confidence and foster greater independence.
In the 2015/16 financial year, through funds raised, 5,140 people in needs accessed YMCA programs enabling them to be healthier, happier and more connected. This equates to almost $1 million in funding spent.
Our benevolent work highlights the importance of continuing our fundraising efforts to provide access to a diverse range of programs and services such as gym and health club access, swimming and water safety programs, camps and youth development programs.
Below are just some of the many examples of how your funds have improved the health and happiness of Victorians in need.