YMCA was founded in London in 1844 and has been serving the Black Country since it’s arrival in West Bromwich in 1888.

YMCA has had a presence in West Bromwich since 1888, starting on St Michael’s Street then moving to our current site on Carters Green in the 1960s. Since then, we have grown to have over 20 locations across the Black Country and Staffordshire borders, providing vital services to build thriving communities through housing, nurseries, wellbeing support, training and advice.

We want to celebrate our rich history of service, empowerment, and community building through captivating exhibits and stirring testimonials. As we reflect on our past achievements, we also look ahead to the future with programs and initiatives aimed at addressing the evolving needs of our diverse community.

Founders Day Celebration

collection of images showing people and services to reflect YMCAs work in the community.

To celebrate YMCA Founders Day and our 180 year heritage, we are holding a celebration day at our YMCA site on Carters Green, West Bromwich.

It will be a chance to celebrate all things YMCA and showcase our range of services, through interactive sessions, free fitness taster classes, a stay-and-play in our nursery and much much more.

There’s something for the whole family, with children’s entertainment, engaging workshops and at the end of it all, why not pop to our onsite coffee shop for a Founders Day cupcake and a coffee.

There will also be an opportunity to share your thoughts on what you’d like to see YMCA do more of; how can we contribute even more to the Black Country community? What activities will support you and your family to feel like you have a sense of belonging? How can we ensure that the next generation can thrive in their future?

Entry is free and all are welcome – join us and celebrate the next 180 years of YMCA.

Saturday 22nd June
12pm - 4pm @ YMCA West Bromwich

Share your YMCA Story

This year, to celebrate our 180th year we’d love to hear your stories of how YMCA supported you. Perhaps you’re an ex-resident, or maybe you took your child to our first day nursery, maybe you remember when we had squash courts!

If you have memories or stories to share about your time at YMCA please complete the short form below and give as much detail as you can.

We’ll be collecting these stories as part of a history exhibition and may even approach you to be part of a video project. If you’re happy to be contacted, please leave your details and our team will be in touch to discuss in more detail.

Donate to our 180º Fund

videographer filming the story of a young girl who is part of YMCA projects

The stories shared by our members over our vast history shows the impact YMCA has had to communities across the Black Country and in order for us to continue our life changing work, we rely on donations in order to help us run certain services; specifically youth work.

In recent years, YMCA research has shown that due to funding cuts, local authority spend on youth services has reduced by around 70%. We believe every young person should have access to youth services in their area, all year round. We want to increase the impact our work can have on young people in our communities and in recognition of 180 years of YMCA we’ve created the 180º Fund.

We’re asking 180 businesses to donate £180 in order to help us raise £32,000 for our 180º Fund, which will allow us to dedicate funds and turn around young lives across the Black Country by offering more youth services. Through having a safe space to hang out, with people they can trust, we can help the next generation truly belong, contribute and thrive in their community.

A donation to the 180º Fund is an investment in the future.