The YMCA movement was founded in London in 1844 by George Williams, a textile worker. He and a group of like-minded young men held prayer meetings which gradually evolved into a society which they named the "Young Men’s Christian Association". Associations sprang up rapidly both nationally and internationally.
Lincoln YMCA was founded in 1869 and was based in rooms above Mawer & Collingham’s department store, now House of Fraser. We moved to new purpose-built accommodation at our present site on St Rumbold’s Street in 1969. Lincoln YMCA became Lincolnshire YMCA in 2005 when Stamford YMCA joined with us. In 2013 the YMCA joined with The Nomad Trust.
The Association is involved in
- Health and Fitness
- Training & Education
- Youth Work at the Showroom
- Climbing Centre
- The Showroom Conference Centre
- Charity shops
The YMCA enjoys a good reputation within the City and works in partnership with local, regional and national organisations.