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Founded in 1844, today the YMCA operates in 119 countries reaching over 58 million people and is the largest and oldest non-uniformed youth organisation in the world.

Globally the YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to communities by empowering young people to be agents of change.

YMCA Scotland is the national voice for 30 local YMCA's working with over 10,000 individual children and young people each week.  Each local YMCA is autonomously governed by a local Board of Management.


Tain and District Youth Café YMCA

Date               Event

1993                Young Person from Inver died in tragic accident by the Tain Rose Gardens

1993                June  first meeting of the Tain YMCA

1993                December 4th First fund raising event selling mince pies and they raised £20 !

1994                Formally joined YMCA Scotland 15th January 1994

                         Steering Group formed and venues tried

1997                Registered as a Charity with OSCR SCO27164


1999                Started at Burgess's the old Plumbers shop 17 Stafford Street Tain (May)

                         First Part time worker Mr. Roderick appointed funded by Children In Need

1999                Official opening 15th June with Lord Mackay

2000                Peter Berry awarded volunteer of the year Tain Community

2002/3             YMCA Bought building at 17, Stafford Street costing £70 k

2003                 First full time Qualified Youth and Community Worker

                          Mr. Graham Nutt was appointed funded by Children In Need

2005                 Refurbished the Youth Café costs £70k Youth

                          Committee raise further £16k for PA and Lighting system.

                          From the Highland Council Year of Culture fund and the    

                          Scottish Charity Aid Foundation

2007                £13k raised for installation of new Fire Doors, new catering set up and                                       internet facility for young people. This money was raised from the Youth                                   Facility improvement fund.

                         Attendance figures reach 11, 000 for the year

2008               Building open 6 nights a week combination of Programme and Drop In nights                          also 4 lunchtimes a week.

2009                Highest recorded visits 14,000 plus and first On Tour events start in

                         the summer

2010                Detached Youth work starts every Friday evening

2012                Cage Football project is Launched, Teenage Mums support group and

                         Peer Education Project Launched.

                         Won Lloyds Banking Group Community Awards

                         Won Certificate for services to Youth and Community in the Tain

                         Queens Diamond Jubilee awards

2013                Mrs. Isobel Wilson wins Sir George Williams Awards

                         YMCA Passes Working Towards Excellence Award

2014                Mr. Hugh Mackenzie wins Sir George Williams Award

                         Children’s Development worker starts

2015                Start work on the refurbishment to the Elizabeth Hood Suite

                         Tain's First Family Centre in conjunction with the Care and Learning Service

2016                Tain wins four awards in YMCA Scotland’s National Award  including Young                               person of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year,

                         Volunteer of the Year and Full time Youth Worker of the Year

2017                Footpool table purchase and this is another first as it is the only one in

                         the Highlands and Islands area.

2018                Celebrated our 25th Anniversary

                         Kats Macleod awarded Volunteer of the Year YMCA SCOTLAND

                         Olivia Macleod runner up Youth of the Year YMCA SCOTLAND

2019                Mandy Nutt awarded Volunteer of the Year YMCA SCOTLAND

2020                COVID STRUCK!

                         But we survived, to us "nothing is a problem, but an opportunity", we created                           Grab & Go lunches feeding *** kids over the Summer and Autumn breaks.

                         Kats Second Editions established.

2021                SICK OF COVID NOW!

                         Pilot mentoring programme.

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