Our Ethos & Values

Our Ethos

Our Ethos describes what we believe in and the motivations that drive and underpin our organisational life. It draws on the YMCAs Paris Basis and Charitable Objectives.

A summary of this Ethos states:

“YMCA is built on a strong Christian foundation. We trust in a God of love, expressed through the life, teaching and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and aim to live this out in our actions and values. We enable people to flourish by experiencing and responding to this love. It inspires and challenges us to trust steadily, hope unswervingly, and love unconditionally.

“We believe all people are made in God’s image and place equal value on every individual, welcoming people of all faiths and of none. We therefore seek to serve others, look for the best, forgive when wronged, go the extra mile, stand with those who face disadvantage or exclusion, challenge discrimination and social injustice, be transparent, do the right thing, never give up.

“We enable people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by, and faithful to, our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energizing communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.”






The way we act as a local YMCA is characterised by four strong and distinctive local values that flow from our Christian ethos.