Welcome to the YMCA South Devon website. Here you can navigate about to find  different activities & programmes that we have running at any one time; you’ll find the departments, events past and future and historical information about our centre. Use the icons above for quick access to our departments!

A YMCA has been in Torbay for over 100 years and that packs in a lot of history. We are always interested in finding out more, so if you know something you think we might not please tell us! Contact Ken at ken.m@ymcasouthdevon.org.uk

We are a not-for-profit organisation that works autonomously from other YMCAs. We serve young people, their families and the communities of Torbay and the South Hams and pride ourselves on offering excellent service to all. Our various programmes and events help create a sustainable future for our charity. We reinvest in our facilities and our staff to continue developing what it is that we can offer.

Our Summer Holiday Activity Programme is now available to download. A booking form must be completed to secure childcare needs, this can be obtained by emailing Claire – claire.m@ymcasouthdevon.org.uk 

Follow this link to head to the Playwork section of our website. Here you will be able to see the activities on offer across the summer. We’ve a busy holiday planned, with lots of trips & activities that we know the children will love!


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A growing success

Our new nursery has been open for a 18 months now & we’re really happy with the growth that we’ve seen. Our uptake has continued and we’re looking forward to welcoming news faces during the Spring Time as well as welcoming back some familiar faces after February half-term.

Over time we have been able to experiment with the different spaces, adapting layouts & resources to meet the needs of the children; this has kept the nursery feeling fresh & exciting. Last year our nursery garden won two awards for its’ child friendliness & environmentally friendly aspect. We are looking to do a bit of work & modification in the area as the days grow longer and warmer (including updating our sand pit & planting new plants).

A History

The YMCA South Devon has been in its’ existing location since 1969 when it was formally opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother on the 8th May.

In the years leading up to this momentous occasion we were awarded £31,000 (then a huge sum) and secured an additional £3000 to help cover costs of a new building and equipment which would replace tired and dilapidated structures once used in Paignton. A multi-purpose centre considered “attractive enough to compete with all the up-to-date mediums of youthful entertainment” was assembled just off from the recently built Dartmouth Road. To read more about our history, click here.

A message from CEO, Maria Goodwin

Our YMCA has been through a tremendous journey over the last eighteen months and as the CEO I look forward to the challenges ahead with anticipation but also with much enthusiasm as myself and my staff prepare for the future. This website will give you an idea of the work we currently do, the projects we have been involved in and our plans for the continuation of our charitable work along with some ideas for fundraising.