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Welcome to the YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s new website.

We are a locally based charity that has been at the heart of community transformation in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough since 1852. Our focus has always been on building proactive and sustainable communities with an emphasis on supporting Young People, helping them to realise their full potential on their journey from dependence to independence.

We work with individuals and families to build better futures through our comprehensive range of programmes and interventions, including Housing, Health & Fitness, Youth Projects, Youth Justice Services, Mental Health Counselling, Employability Programmes, Volunteering and much more.

Our services provide opportunities for all young people, whether they’re facing difficult and challenging issues or simply looking for a new direction. We deliver our programmes across the whole county, with key local provision in the cities of Cambridge & Peterborough.

This YMCA is also proud to be part of a global family, operating in over 140 countries, forming the world’s oldest and largest youth charity.

Please have a look through our website and learn more about the work we do and how you could support us through donations, raising funds or volunteering.

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About YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough 

The YMCA in Cambridgeshire was formed in 1852, through the sponsorship of local store owner and benefactor Robert Sayle. Although it had a number of homes early on, in 1901 it moved to Tibbs Row in Cambridge. It stayed here until 1972, when it moved to the newly built Queen Anne House, in Gonville Place, allowing its old building to be knocked down to create the Lion Yard development. The YMCA in Peterborough started around this time, the early 1970s, and grew quickly. In 2004 the two separate YMCAs of Cambridge & Peterborough, merged to form the YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough covering the whole county and both major cities.

To view our 2015 – 2016 Annual Report, please click below.

YMCA Annual Report




YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is delighted to announce that we are a partner in the £1m Peterborough Plus project eMploY-ABILITY

The funding has been awarded through Building Better Opportunities (BBO), a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Big Lottery fund aiming to tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

Peterborough Plus, a partnership of over 40 voluntary and community organisations, will be delivering a programme of support called ‘eMploY-ABILITY’. The programme will support a significant number of those furthest from the labour market back into work by offering innovative, personalised support with a tailored package of barrier busting interventions, designed and commissioned with participants.

For more information on the project please see the Peterborough Plus website here
or the Big Lottery website here


Read our Manifesto