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About us

YMCA Blackburn was established in 1896 and is part of the Global YMCA movement. Last year we celebrated our120 year of serving our local community and although we are a relatively small YMCA working across East Lancashire we have a proud history which covers, 2 world wars, social change and upheaval, periods of economic strength and growth, and downturns. We have provided services through it all, from educational and spiritual services supporting the war efforts and returning troops in the First and Second World Wars, to providing innovative sports and leisure facilities in the post war decade.

Where we are now

We provide accommodation for over 250 young people across the UK. We have a further 45 units in development due to complete by the end of March 2022. In the next financial year we plan to expand upon this with a further two developments in the pipeline.



Examples of our work

Find out more about the work we do