Core Commitments

Our Commitment to the Traditional Owners of the Land

YMCA Canberra acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.

Our Commitment to Volunteers

We recognise the work of our volunteers both locally and nationally. The YMCA equally values short-term project based volunteering, and long-term volunteer commitment.

Adopting a consistent approach

We are committed to embracing the Volunteering Australia “National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not for Profit Organisations”, including the “Principles of Volunteering”.

Ensuring adherence to social inclusion principles

We seek to remove barriers to volunteering by adopting best practice in volunteering policies, procedures, systems and inclusive practices.

The sharing of resources

We actively encourage Associations to share with, and benefit from, others showing leadership in volunteering.

Follow this link to the full Volunteer Statement of Commitment

Our Commitment to Social Inclusion

The YMCA values the individual worth, uniqueness and diversity of all people. We seek to remove barriers to participation in programs and activities that will enable all people to meet their full potential, and experience meaningful involvement in the YMCA Movement, according to the Mission statement and values of YMCA Australia.

Our social inclusion commitment will be achieved through our Member Associations:

Striving to remove any barriers to full participation in community life, for people living in a community served by the YMCA

These barriers may be social, economic, attitudinal, cultural or political.

Supporting and fostering active citizenship

In particular we are committed to fostering a spirit of volunteering and local governance

Enhancing peoples rights, access and opportunities

The principles of Access and Inclusion are an important element of Social Inclusion.

Advocating for the rights of all people in our communities.

The YMCA is uniquely placed to use its relationships to influence decision makers on behalf of those less able to express their views and needs.

Follow this link to the full Social Inclusion Statement of Commitment

Our Commitment to The Environment

The YMCA Movement in Australia is committed to being a leading environmentally-responsible organisation, acting in a sustainable way, and minimising our environmental impact. We recognise the critical importance of caring for the environment for the future of humanity. In providing programs and services that build strong people, strong families and strong communities, we will also protect, sustain and restore our natural environment.

Our environmental commitment will be achieved by our Member Associations through:

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We accept the science of climate change and our responsibility to reduce our environmental ‘footprint’.

Sustainable Use of Water

We adopt and promote water-efficient strategies.

Sustainable Use of Land & Resources

We preserve the earth's ecological diversity and the natural ecosystems in our communities via materials efficiency, facility design and waste minimisation.

Community Leadership and Advocacy

We actively encourage public education & awareness – for our staff, customers and partners.

Follow this link to the full Environmental Statement of Commitment


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