Our Vision, Mission & Founding Basis


Our vision describes where we are heading; what we are becoming

“YMCA Black Country Group is part of an inclusive Christian Movement, transforming communities, so that all young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive”


Our services deliver our mission

“Developing Body Mind and Spirit”

Founding Basis

Drafted over 160 years ago the Paris Basis remains the founding ‘first principle’ uniting 14,000 YMCAs worldwide. It describes the faith based motivation of those at the centre of the YMCA:

“The YMCA seek to unite those [ ] who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of his Kingdom amongst young [people].”

The Paris Basis, 1855

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