Founded in 1850 (one of the first YMCA's in the world), today YMCA South Australia is known for managing some of the state's best recreation centres, OSHC's, pools, stadium courts, and gymnastics centres. Between our recreation services - and youth, disability and children's programs - there are more than 2 million visits to a YMCA in South Australia annually.
Mission & Belief
The YMCA is a movement that improves personal and community wellbeing across South Australia, Australia, and the world. In fact, for more than 175 years the YMCA has been facilitating positive changes across the globe, with some 65 million people participating in the YMCA across 120 countries. And yet, for all its international reach and impact, it is intimately local in nature, wrapping itself around the contemporary needs and unique context of each community it serves.
As a genuinely purpose-driven organisation we always have the communities best interest at heart.
Through innovation and operational excellence, we aim to deliver compelling impact and value for both our government and school partners, along with the communities we serve. That is, our intent is for Every South Australian community to favour having the YMCA as an integrated part of their future.
To achieve this strategic intent we will
Be Mission Driven
Stand boldly for a higher-order purpose aligned to our communities, leveraging the YMCA's unique advantages and DNA to differentiate, innovate and build deeper relationships
Deliver High-Impact Services
Enhance and extend our programs to serve the whole person (body, mind, spirit) across the whole community in a way which focuses on both social impact and financial sustainability
Build The 'Y Factor'
Actively develop our people and culture that makes the YMCA experience a unique enabler of positive change in people's lives
Increase our Capacity & Capability
Continuously improve our systems and capabilities, building an operating model which efficiently and effectively delivers on our promise.
2019/20 Annual Report
YMCA South Australia Board
YMCA South Australia Inc. is governed by a board of eleven members. YMCA South Australia also operates another incorporated association, YMCA South Australia Youth and Family Services Inc. which governs the benevolent work we undertake in communities.
Our board members have a wide range of professional and life experience and contribute significantly in their honorary capacities to ensure the YMCA South Australia delivers on our Mission, Vision and Values.
A key part of the governor responsibilities is to ensure compliance, set policy, lead the development and execution of our strategy.
Senior Management Team
Members of the Senior Management Team are highly experienced industry professionals that actively lead and manage YMCA South Australia. The leadership structure invites innovation and improvements from any level of the organisation, providing staff with opportunities to contribute, whatever their position.
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Feel Safe, Be Safe at the Y
The YMCA have established a National Safeguarding Unit to drive our collective approach to safeguarding Children and Young People and have developed our own Feel Safe, Be Safe Framework which aspires to ensure that all Children and Young People are safe and feel safe at the Y, in their Families and in their Communities. Our Feel Safe, Be Safe Framework aims to develop: A safe culture nationally which empowers Children and Young People by promoting Children and Young Person focused leadership and governance;
- Safe environments at the YMCA and in Communities which empower Children and Young People to thrive; and
- Safe operations to ensure YMCA People have the right policies, processes and practices to keep Children and Young People safe.
- We have an unwavering focus and commitment to safeguarding children first and foremost in everything we do. We have official accreditation as a Child Safe Organisation and a strong Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures. These frameworks are helping us to continually embed a child and young people safe culture into YMCA SA.
At the YMCA the safety, welfare and wellbeing of young people is our highest priority. The right to be able to enjoy a safe environment free from threats, abuse, neglect or exploitation is our service commitment.
We work hard to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people is embedded in our culture and at the forefront of everything we do. We know that it’s not just about having the right policies and procedures it’s also about being proactive. Under the Safeguarding Children program, the YMCA participate in a voluntary review-based scheme provided by theAustralian Childhood Foundation (ACF).
Being independently reviewed by the ACF endorses the Y’s efforts to actively pursue the highest level of child safety in our organisation is highlighted by:
- A National Framework and Strategy
- Our rigorous and robust recruitment, screening and induction process detail that everyone working or engaged at the YMCA must have a valid and satisfactory National Criminal History Check and a Working With Children check.
- Comprehensive and ongoing training and professional development
- An environment which is child friendly but limits an opportunity for a child or young person to be harmed.
A crucial aspect of Safeguarding Children and Young People is ensuring our staff understand the process for reporting any concerns they have about a child or young person’s wellbeing and that our staff also understand the YMCA SA's expectations in relation to their code of conduct around children and young people. Our National Safeguarding Framework, reporting procedures and other relevant documents are available below:
- Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy Nov 2020 PDF (3.74 MB)
- YMCA SA Safeguarding Children and Young People Mandatory Reporting Procedure PDF (449 KB)
- YMCA SA Safeguarding Children and Young People Safety Code of Conduct PDF (464 KB)
- YMCA SA Safeguarding Children and Young People Positive Behaviour Guidance Procedure PDF (631 KB)
YMCA South Australia requires all staff, volunteers and directors to report incidents to the South Australia Child Abuse Report Line. If you are concerned about a child and have a reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected, phone the report line, on:
13 14 78
The report line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All serious concerns must be reported via the report line and not via the online reporting system provided on the CARL web page. Serious concerns include when you suspect a child is in imminent or immediate danger of:
- serious harm
- serious injury
- chronic neglect
- or when a child is in care of the Department for Child Protection and you suspect they are being abused or neglected.
The Government of South Australia through the Department for Child Protection has provided additional resources in relation to reporting child abuse, including the information details required for lodging a report as well as indicators of abuse or neglect.