- Phone Number: 01446 724 000
- Postal Address: Court Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4EE
- E-mail Address: email@example.com
- Website: www.barryymca.org.uk
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Barry Y.M.C.A established in Barry town in 1890 has moved into the 21 st century.
The YMCA HUB capital project costing £2,748,013 was successfully completed in January 2006 and the new centre opened its doors to members on 12th January. Sandwiched between Court road and Gladstone road it is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious and impressive facilities that Barry has ever witnessed. The building has been heaped with praise, not just from residents of the town, but from visitors and esteemed dignitaries alike. It's not difficult to understand why, even the exterior is alien to its surroundings, an intensely modern architectural construction with a grandiose logo emblazoned as a striking facade.
The interior follows in a similar vein, the first feature you see is the foyer leading into the restaurant with lighting descending like space ship illuminations and changing colour depending on the outside daylight. It is a welcoming introduction to this innovative new building, the unbelievable end product of a rejuvenated Barry YMCA. This accessible multi-purpose building provides a diverse programme of educational, sporting, arts, social, recreational and support services to the community contributing to the delivery andpromotion of health and well being in the community.
Services & Activities:
There are eight main themes of the building, all finished to the highest quality:-
- Dedicated early years play centre
- Dance studio
- Gymnastic gymnasium
- Activity room
- Training rooms, Meeting and conference rooms space
- Two dedicated Information Technology suites
- Dedicated day unit for adults with learning difficulties
The Hub of the building is the restaurant (managed by Cymraeg Catering) where all client groups, members, local residents mix and socialise in modern comfortable surroundings enjoying top class catering or just a coffee.
YMCA Kidzone - a bright colourful area supervised by experienced qualified staff, offers five morning and five afternoons per week. Also for the little ones Gymtots is available every Monday and Tuesday.
YMCA Dance is offered in partnership with VIBE delivering street, contemporary, and urban classes for children and adults.
YMCA Gymnastics offers both artistic and rhythmic gym to boys and girls aged 3 -20 years with an outstanding 750 children attending each week. Classes are held every day at the centre starting with daytime class Gymjynx for 3-4 year through to advanced classes which have Commonwealth Games standard gymnasts all coached by a dedicated qualified coaching team.
All training, meeting and conference rooms are modern light and airy. The largest room the "Gladstone" comfortably seats 190 in both conference style seating and dining layouts. Other rooms can accommodate numbers from 5 to 50 and are all accessible to the internet on request.
Many community groups and other charities use the venue each week and the following Charities now rent space and deliver their services from YMCA Hub:- Vale Credit Union, SNAP Cymru Parental Support, Parents Federation, Advocacy matters, Friendly Trust, Vale People First, Vale play development, YMCA Community College.
Two dedicated IT suites offer the most up to date equipment and software, giving great opportunities for training, for young people at school, those just joining the job market or women who are hoping to return to work.
The funding for the Hub project was received from European Regional Development Fund (Obj 2 T), Welsh Assembly Government, Lottery, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Dow Corning, Welsh Development Agency and Welsh Church Act.
Anthea Clements, YMCA Hub Project Development Manager, was responsible for the project and was acknowledged and rewarded by the Institute of Fundraising as the Best New Fundraiser in the UK 2005 and received the award at the Hilton Hotel, London at the annual awards ceremony.
Colleagues from Barry and four other YMCA organisations were present at the awards in support of Anthea.
If you would like more information about Barry YMCA please contact us on www.barryymca.org.uk or 01446 724000.
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YMCA Wales is a registered charity and depends largely on the kind assistance of our benefactors.
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