We are influenced by a global mission to provide opportunities for all to grow in body, mind and spirit. The Y’s of Australia are guided by a belief in the power of inspired young people.

At the Y Canberra Region, we believe in the power of inspired young people. We strive to empower, connect and support our youth, staff and volunteers in their lives and in the community.


As part of the oldest and largest youth organisation in the world, the Y is passionate about providing space for young people to grow, learn, move and thrive.


We deliver services across Canberra and surrounding regions in community health, recreation and fitness, before and after school care, early learning centres, accommodation, camps and youth services.

Our Services

Early Learning Care

At the YMCA, we cultivate Early Learning Centres that are inclusive, empowered and connected. Our children’s services are located across the Canberra Region and offer a range of facilities and services to support our community and inspire our young people.

School Aged Care & Programs

YMCA Canberra is one of the leading providers of Before and After School Care across Canberra and surrounds. From Bungendore to Sutton, and Gowrie to Gungahlin, we provide a safe environment for children to learn, socialise and play. This also includes Vacation Care in central locations during the holidays.


YMCA Canberra Region is always looking at new and impactful ways of providing connection, community and support to youth. From Space Squad and gymnastics to youth retreats, we are proud to celebrate and empower the youth of our community.
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Health & Recreation

We offer services and facilities for all age groups across health, recreation and fitness. From our Chifley Health and Wellness Centre, to Sailing Club, Paddle Hub and RAID Basketball, we have something for everyone.


Our accommodation includes our award-winning Leumeah Lodge, and our tranquil Bush Capital Lodge. With both locations only minutes to the main attractions of Canberra and its surrounds, the YMCA provides all of your group accommodation needs.

Safeguarding at the Y

Y Canberra Region has a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable people first and foremost in all of our programs and activities.

Latest news

The Y Federation in Australia shines bright in a dark time for Victoria

June 7, 2021

The Y in Australia (formerly YMCA) shone brightly this week when Victorian Ys were plunged into their fourth lockdown (a total of 170 days) since March last year, affecting over 3,800 staff who lost shifts due to mandatory shutdowns of programs and services, this time without the support of JobKeeper. […]

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Y Canberra CEO Reflection

Reflection from the CEO – What’s your one thing?

September 17, 2020

When COVID-19 struck I think there was a feeling that there would be some short-term pain and changes that we just had to accept, then we would return back to the old normal. It’s now been several months of varying degrees of social restrictions and I am noticing within myself and in others, a sense […]

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YMCA Canberra Fights Against Development

May 28, 2020

Help us keep our children safe The YMCA Canberra is seeking community support to help with their campaign against an amendment to a Development Application on a large residential development site next to our Early Learning Centre in Gungahlin.  Our key concerns are the risk to the safety of the children accessing our Centre due […]

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