YMCA Scotland

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The Scottish YMCA, established in the 19th Century, had religious societies for young men in Glasgow, Paisley, and Greenock. It grew through new associations and affiliations, held conferences, and became affiliated with the World Alliance in 1905. The movement changed during the world wars and included programs for school leavers and young employees. YMCA Scotland is the National Council and voice of 29 local YMCAs across the country. It works to transform the lives of 10,000 children and young people. Its pillars of work are Youth Work & Education, Mentoring, Health, Family, Housing and Faith. 70% of YMCAs in Scotland provide a range of traditional youth clubs, drop-ins and street-based youth work activities. In addition, 14 YMCAs provide vital childcare, playwork and holiday programmes to over 3,000 children every week.