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COVID-19 Information

We are pleased to announce that our Afterschool Programme will be reopening on a phased return on Monday 27th July. We will be operating with limited numbers and with enhanced COVID-19 procedures in place. Please contact Larne YMCA for more information.

Please note, that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our normal face-to-face youth club and autism support programme are suspended until further notice. In the interim, virtual sessions and over the hedge meetings will continue to operate – please see our Facebook pages for the latest information on this. 

About Larne YMCA

Established in 1982 Larne YMCA provides programmes for children and young people from its purpose built centre in Larne. The association is recognised by the Inland Revenue as having charitable status (reference number XR 22612) and is a Company Limited by Guarantee (NI Company Number NI 069370). It has five voluntary Directors and a voluntary Board of Management drawn from the local community. Although locally autonomous Larne YMCA is affiliated to the National Council of YMCAs of Ireland, as well as the European and World Alliances. On a local basis it participates in various local networks and projects both statutory and voluntary.

The Two Core Projects

After Schools Project

This busy project operates on a daily basis with 24 places for primary school aged children. It currently draws members from six local primary schools and has a waiting list of over thirty. The project operates full time (8.30am – 5.30pm) during school holidays. Children have the chance to participate in a wide range of activities which are both fun and developmental – cookery, team activities, arts and crafts, outdoor pursuits, environmental projects, dance and drama etc.

Youth Work Programme

The evening youth work programme runs four evenings per week on average with additional evenings and weekends as the programme demands. Membership is currently over 100 in the 6 – 15 age group. Again the focus in both on fun and education with activities such as the annual themed Stay A-Wake, Young Apprentice project (fundraising), Junior Leaders’ Youth Achievement Awards scheme, as well as off site visits, drama and DVD production, Outdoor Adventure and health projects.

In addition we provide a Family Room for supervised access visits and counselling sessions as required.

Other projects in recent years have included the setting up and facilitating of Larne Community Relations Forum (which brought together community representatives in a private space to tackle local sectarianism) and a Family Youth Work project in Dunclug estate in Ballymena.