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YMCA Auckland and Waikato network receives child-safe accreditation

The YMCA Auckland and Waikato network has taken a proactive step to reaffirm its commitment to child safety by becoming New Zealand’s first accredited Safeguarding Children organisation through the internationally-renowned Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF). 

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Holiday programmes a hit with working families

Summer. It’s the season of fun in the sun and holidays at the beach. But for working families, summer can also be a long slog spent juggling work and looking after the kids. Community recently caught up with Celeste and Emma, two mothers who work full-time, to discuss the challenges, and how YMCA holiday programmes and camps are helping them survive the summer

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Finding time for whānau at Family Camp

Work. Finances. Chores. School routines. With the pressures of daily life it’s little wonder so many Kiwi families struggle to spend quality time together, and the numbers prove it.

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Breaking down barriers to healthy living opportunities

For eight years, Niloufer Sultana has faced a number of health challenges, including being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and suffering from a stroke and three heart attacks. By 2016 Niloufer knew it was time for a lifestyle change. Upon joining the YMCA, she felt she had finally found a place where she was welcome and comfortable enough to work on her health.

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Meet Russell, one of our longest Members here at Glen Innes

We sat down to have a chat with Russell and find out what’s motivated him to come to the Centre for over 50 years.

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Improving access to swimming and water safety lessons

YMCA Auckland has partnered with Plunket Auckland to offer half-price swimming and water safety lessons to Plunket clients with children aged 3 months to 5 years.

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Auckland swim teacher receives national award

YMCA Auckland swim teacher Liam Blain-Caunce has received national recognition for his contributions to aquatic education and water safety by taking out the 2017 AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics Award on 15 July.

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YMCA Auckland awarded Quality Swim Schools award

YMCA Swim Schools in Auckland has received a Quality Swim Schools award at the 2017 Swimming New Zealand Awards.

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How to save a life: The weight loss journey of a “Glen Innes girl”

As a lot of people can attest, losing weight is no easy task. It is difficult to even imagine the challenge facing Grace Payne when she decided to undertake her weight loss journey.

“I was 186kg at my heaviest, " she says, a point she got to after her mother passed away. "I ate anything and everything, times three! I wasn’t moving, and my breathing was out of control.”

Find out what Grace achieved and how she's enjoying life now.


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YMCA Auckland helps BMX Champions take on the world

Two daredevil siblings, Zoe and Jayden Flemming, are BMX champions who regularly represent New Zealand in overseas competitions.

Find out how YMCA has been helping Zoe and Jayden tackle their dreams on an international stage.

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Swimming workshop for school holiday programme

YMCA Auckland believes that water safety should be an important aspect of all children’s education, and that it can never start too early. At the end of September, as part of its school holiday programme, YMCA North Shore took a group of around 40 children to YMCA Glen Innes Aquatic and Fitness Centre to take part in a special water safety workshop.

Find out how YMCA centres are working together together to make sure all children have access to water safety education

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