The Y Canberra

The Y has been supporting the Canberra region for 80 years.

Established in 1941, when Canberra was a young city with just over 10,000 people, the Y has literally grown side-by-side with the nation’s capital.

The very first YMCA was founded in London by George Williams in 1844 to support young men during a time of great poverty. The Y is now located in over 120 countries and has been supporting the Canberra Region for 80 years. In 2020 YMCA Canberra and YMCA Queanbeyan merged to become one local “Y” and better support the Canberra region, providing services as far as Bungendore in NSW. Learn more about Y Canberra’s History here.


Canberra hosts the 63rd Australian Heron Championships in January 2024

Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin will be adorned with sailing boats this January as the Y Canberra Region Sailing Club hosts the 63rd Australian Heron Sailing Championships for 2024. Taking place from 7th – 12th January, the Championship will be sailed on the West Basin of Lake Burley Griffin, with the Herons launching from The Y……

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All-abilities and youth celebrate World Basketball Day with The Y Canberra Region and Bruton Basketball Foundation

They Y Canberra Region together with Bruton Basketball Foundation today brought together all-abilities and youth basketballers to celebrate the inaugural World Basketball Day, which takes place tomorrow Thursday 21st December. “The Y Canberra Region honours its history, as the YMCA invented basketball in 1891, and today basketball is one of the most widely played and……

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The Y Canberra Region establishes key Indigenous community partnerships in the region as part of newReflect Reconciliation Action Plan just launched

The Y Canberra Region, formerly YMCA Canberra Region, last night launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan after significant consultation with members of our local First Nations community, across the ACT and NSW, and Reconciliation Australia. “Our organisation, founded only 80 years ago, was established to serve the needs of our growing Canberra community, extending now……

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