Every YMCA is different
There are 114 YMCA’s in England, each is shaped by the community it is a part of and by the people that it serves. Listening to voices and needs. Our ethos is based on three original principles – the importance of having a healthy mind, body and spirit.
YMCA Somerset Coast has been serving Somerset since the 1870’s. The founder of the YMCA movement, George Williams, was a local lad, born in Dulverton and living in Bridgwater just prior to moving to London to work as a Draper and consequentially begin the YMCA movement.
The YMCA movement is now the oldest and largest charity in the world. Helping hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people worldwide. In Somerset it is a huge resource, a life line, a stepping stone, a place to have fun and a safe place for many Young People and families.
Bridgwater, 1878: Sergeant Major Hughman of the Scot’s Guards formed a committee and the local association was started in March of that year. The earliest meetings were held over Hoopers outfitting shop in the High Street, and a year later there was a move to Binford Place.