From the Glenorchy Gazette (https://www.glenorchygazette.com.au/rejuvenated-ymca-glenorchy-on-the-way/)
YMCA Glenorchy is poised for a major rejuvenation, after receiving a $6m grant to revamp its facilities to better serve the local community.
YMCA CEO Christine Allen said the facility upgrades will allow YMCA Glenorchy to provide more low-cost programs, sports and community work opportunities.
“For the Glenorchy community this building upgrade has been a long time coming,” she said.
“The current building has reached its use-by date and many of the facilities are no longer contemporary or user- friendly.
“YMCA is focused on community, and we want the new space to accommodate people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and cultures.”
YMCA Glenorchy also has plans to re-launch several programs that were suspended during the pandemic.
“During the downtime we have been designing and altering programs and activities to better suit our clientele,” Ms Allen said.
“It is our hope that we can connect with various civic groups, sporting associations, schools, and fellow not- for-profits to maximise our contribution to the community.”
Work on the new building, which will occupy the same footprint as the current Y building in Constance Avenue, is expected to start in mid-2023 and take 18–24 months to complete.
“During construction we hope to retain most, if not all, of our current activities and health and wellbeing-related tenancies,” Ms Allen said.
“We will be also inviting expressions of interest in occupancy of the new multi-purpose facility in due course and can’t wait to share a coffee with our fellow community members in the brand-new café.”
Any community groups wishing to enquire about opportunities or seeking more information in relation to the new building are invited to call the YMCA on 0447 137 503