IN an attempt to respond to growing community needs, YMCA Queanbeyan and YMCA Canberra are merging to become one local “Y”.
This merger will be the most recent in a series of mergers that have taken place to strengthen YMCA’s in Australia in recent years.
YMCA Canberra CEO Torrien Lau says: “As a community organisation that has provided services for children and young people for over 160 years across Australia, the Y has a profound responsibility for the care and protection of the children and young people we serve and we have been in discussions with our colleagues in Queanbeyan for several months now, and are working really well together to ensure there is no disruption to services for parents or children across the region.”
He says this is a great opportunity for Canberra and Queanbeyan, that also provides services as far as Bungendore, to maintain and grow the Y’s footprint and impact in the region.
It will be business as usual for staff in both locations as they continue to maintain the existing programs and services, according to Mr Lau.