The YMCA is a community-based charity that creates opportunities for people and communities to connect with a better life. We work to provide a range of programs and services that aim to strengthen people, families and communities.

Established in 1850, YMCA South Australia is one of Australia's oldest and most respected community organisations. With approximately 600 employees and a head office based in the Adelaide CBD, the YMCA delivers programs and services right across South Australia in settings including community recreation centres, swimming pools, health and fitness facilities, camps, early education and schools and youth services.

At the YMCA, communities come first. As a community not-for-profit with a rich history our vision is clear:

Creating opportunities for people and community to connect with a better life.

What we stand for

Healthy Living

Inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives through the powerful benefits of physical activity.

Inclusion & Social Impact

Building strong, connected communities with programming and initiatives inclusive to all.

Empowering Young People

Catalysts to supporting and building the leaders of tomorrow.

Capacity / Capability

Increase our impact by building awareness to our cause, partnering with individuals, communities and like-minded organisation to create a sustainable YMCA.

Vision 21

In 2016 YMCA South Australia launched the Vision 21 Strategic Plan, outlining the the Key Result Areas towards achieving our vision:

Creating opportunities for people and community to connect with a better life.


We work together from a base of Christian values to provide opportunities for all people to grow in body mind and spirit.

Our Beliefs

COMMUNITY - We make a positive difference in the communities in which we work

OUR PEOPLE - We value our people and their contribution to our organisation

YOUNG PEOPLE - We value and encourage the impact of young people in our community

FOCUS - We think globally and act locally

SUSTAINABILITY - We work to build a strong and vibrant YMCA for future generations

EQUALITY - We value equality of opportunity for all people

Our Guiding Principles

DIVERSITY - We encourage diversity of thought and unity of action

RESPONSIBILITY - We understand our responsibility to the broader YMCA organisations

CUSTOMERS - We undertake and work with a customer centric approach

BRAVE - We are brave, courageous and transparent

PEOPLE - We value our people and their contribution