A youth organisation that first opened its doors to children and young people in Southport more than 150 years ago is entering a new era by expanding borough-wide.
YMCA Southport has relaunched as YMCA Sefton with a vision to become one of the lead organisations for children and young people both north and south of the borough.
It will now provide services to many more children and young people, with a focus on health and wellbeing and family work.
Initiatives planned for the coming years include programmes to tackle obesity in children with Type 2 diabetes, school holiday provision that encourages youngsters to be fit and active, an increase in nursery places and new drama and climbing clubs.
A series of events are being held to mark the launch including fun days when families can try a range of activities together including climbing, drama and roller blading.
Lee Humphreys, chief executive of YMCA Sefton and chairman Tony Dalton MBE, said: “These are exciting times for the YMCA in Sefton as we announce a major expansion, from providing services just in Southport to across the borough.
“We are introducing a raft of new services that focus on encouraging health and wellbeing in our young people to ensure they thrive and play an active and full role in their communities. We will also be encouraging families to get fit and active together, all in the spirit of the YMCA’s beliefs and ethos.
“We have the support of many organisations including Sefton Council for Voluntary Service and now look forward to reaching out to many more children and young people.”
Initiatives also include development of YMCA Sefton’s headquarters in Hoghton Street, Southport, where an official launch recently took place attended by dozens of guests including Bootle MP Peter Dowd and young people from Sefton Young Advisers.
Two family fun days will be held at YMCA’s premises in Hoghton Street, Southport this month, on Saturday, 10th September and Sunday, 25th September.