The YMCA exists to empower and support young people to reach their potential. We advocate for them and provide platforms for to their voices to be heard by elevating their issues of concern. We create safe spaces and ensure that of our services are accessible to all, thereby connecting young people to their communities. We value the uniqueness and diversity of young people.
The Y recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of this continent and the islands of the Torres Strait. In doing so, we acknowledge our shared history; recognise the right to self-determination and the importance of connection to and access to country. We acknowledge and respect distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural differences, beliefs, values and languages.
Ys across Australia run 14 disability-specific camps, holiday programs and centre-based programs, including leadership and advocacy groups, after school programs and basketball competitions for players with additional needs. Our community programs include social groups, recreation days, adventure days, home and community support. And finally, recreation support for people with disabilities includes access all abilities aerobics, access 1:1 swimming program, access gymnastics, Y-Rehab program, hydrotherapy, pilates reformer and gym and group fitness.
The Y recognises the work of our volunteers both locally and nationally. We value short-term project based volunteering as much as long-term volunteer commitment. We are committed to embracing the Volunteering Australia “National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not for Profit Organisations,” including the “Principles of Volunteering”. We seek to remove barriers to volunteering by adopting best practice in volunteering policies, procedures, systems and inclusive practices, and we actively encourage Associations to share with, and benefit from, others showing leadership in volunteering.
The Y values the individual worth, uniqueness and inclusion of all people. We seek to remove barriers to participation in programs and activities that will enable all people to meet their full potential, and experience meaningful involvement in the Movement according to our mission statement and values. Our social inclusion commitment will be achieved through our Member Associations. We strive to remove any barriers to full participation in community life, for people living in a community served by the Y.
The Y in Australia is committed to being a leader in environmental responsibility, acting in a sustainable way, and minimising our environmental impact. We recognise the critical importance of caring for the environment for the future of humanity. In providing programs and services that build strong people, strong families and strong communities, we will also protect, sustain and restore our natural environment.
Our environmental commitment will be achieved by our Member Associations through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable use of water, sustainable use of land and resources, and community leadership and advocacy.
As the Y Ballarat’s Board of Directors, we acknowledge our responsibility to ensure the governance practices, leadership and values towards Safeguarding are delivered and on display at all times. We are fully committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People, with our focus being on providing safe, enjoyable and inclusive environments at all of our services and programs. We will empower our staff and volunteers to have collective leadership on Safeguarding, demonstrating a duty of care, understanding and responsibility towards all of our children and young people.