As always, we have many stories to tell. From the tragedy of the bushfires, to hosting a successful Queer Soiree at Carlton Baths, to launching Virtual Y in the face of COVID-19 lockdowns - it's been a big year.
With a grant from the DHHS, we developed Virtual Y - a free online platform to support the mental and physical wellbeing of young people and the community.
At the end of 2019 and start of 2020 bushfires raged across Australia. The loss of life, wildlife, property and nature is still difficult to comprehend. Here's how the Y provided support.
To combat the number of men experiencing low physical health, poor mental health and social isolation, Active Moreland launched the Men of Moreland program.
YMCA centres are more than just physical buildings and services. When a community is struggling, the Y can provide a safe space and connection to help. Derrimut YMCA Early Learning Centre has been supporting a vulnerable community experiencing socio-economic deprivation, homelessness and violence.
Over 400 people attended Carlton Baths' Queer Soiree in February 2020, a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community - with live performances, stalls and support services.
YMCA Peninsula Youth Services ('Jimmy's') is dedicated to supporting young people on the Mornington Peninsula through programs such as the Teenage Girls Retreat and their online content during COVID-19.
In September 2019 we held the THRIVE forum - where industry leaders, council partners and YMCA staff from across the nation came together to celebrate our common goal of making people healthier and more connected #OnlyWithTheY.
Each year, YMCA Victoria and the Victorian Father’s Day Council search for their Victorian Father of the Year. Our congratulations to two courageous fathers: Chris Youngman in 2019 and Stephen Curran in 2020.
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Our leaders have faced new challenges this year navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces moving online, and embracing technology to deliver outcomes for our communities. Hear from our CEO, Chair of the Board, and Young Person of the Year as they reflect on the year that was.
What a curveball 2020 has been. The pandemic has had enormous repercussions across the world, from the devastating public health effects, economic downturns and mental health struggles. Here at the Y, each of our sectors has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, but in different ways.