YMCA Fairthorne Group is a local community charity, delivering services to over 40,000 children, young people and families across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Built on a social enterprise model, all income we generate goes directly back into funding our local community projects and initiatives, from supported housing to vulnerable 16-25 year-olds, to our renowned annual Young Carers Festival.
Our vision is ‘to be a leader in transforming communities so that all children, young people and families can truly belong, contribute and thrive.’ Today, our staff and trustees are working towards an ambitious 10 year plan of sustained and quality growth as outlined in our Strategic Plan, which is informed by our concept of ‘working the YMCA Way’.
Where we are
YMCA Fairthorne Group has developed rapidly since it was formed in 2002, having supported hundreds of thousands of children and young people across our local region. The Group is made up of:
- YMCA Winchester – formed in 1847
- YMCA Portsmouth – formed in 1851
- YMCA Southampton – formed in 1878
- YMCA Fairthorne Manor – formed in 1947
- YMCA Basingstoke – formed in the 1990s.
From humble beginnings in the City of London in 1844, the YMCA has grown to become a worldwide organisation with 45 million members in 125 countries.
The YMCA has adapted to the needs of today’s young people, and works with young men and women regardless of race, religion or culture. Each YMCA now operates on a local scale, delivering services that meet the needs of their local community, in keeping with the wider organisation’s values and aims. At YMCA Fairthorne Group, we are proud to be affiliated with the wider YMCA movement – the world’s largest and longest-running youth charity.
Our vision is ‘to be a leader in transforming communities so that all children, young people and families can truly belong, contribute and thrive.’
Our mission is ‘to provide experiences that challenge, develop and enable the individual.’
YMCA Fairthorne Group is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales. Company number: 4336719 Charity number: 1090981 Registered office: YMCA Fairthorne Group, Fairthorne Manor, YMCA, Southampton, SO30 2GH.