About YMCA Newark and Sherwood

In 1871, a group of friends opened a YMCA for people in Nottinghamshire, and we’ve been here ever since.

In collaboration with Nottinghamshire YMCA, we launched YMCA Newark and Sherwood in 2018 as its own independent charity, shaped by local people, to support local aspirations and local challenges.

YMCA holds the passionate belief that everybody should have the opportunity to reach their potential, and so we work to create opportunities that make healthy living, youth development and social responsibility accessible to everyone.

Inspired by our Christian values, we embody caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all that we do, and are committed to a holistic approach to supporting the community in mind, body and spirit.


What we do

Healthy Living

We provide world-class facilities and experiences to help everyone in our community look after their physical and mental health.

Youth Development

We create programmes for children, young people and families to grow into happy, thriving members of the community.

Training kitchen

Social Responsibility

We listen to local people that need a helping hand, and respond with opportunities that make a real impact.

Our team

We have an incredible team of staff and volunteers. Their diverse backgrounds and skillsets empower YMCA with the tools and vision to deliver innovative, life-changing work for the community.

If you feel inspired by the chance to help others, we’d love to hear from you.




YMCA Community and Activity Village

The Village is our flagship project in Newark. Our non-profit ‘modern village hall’ concept is the first of its kind, and is designed to make exceptional opportunities in health, education and social mobility widely available to everyone in the community.

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