Paisley YMCA building for sale

20 January 2009 — Leave a comment

I noticed this bit of news in my reader today.

PAISLEY’S famous YMCA building is being axed after 100 years of service to the town.

Over the years I’ve met a number of workers from Paisley YMCA through my study at The George Williams College so was surprised and a little sad to hear the news. No doubt there are valid reasons behind the decision to close, although it seems to have upset the local community:

Parents have been left stunned by the closure plans and said the loss of the YMCA building is a “major blow” for Paisley.
One dad, who asked not to be named, said: “My son has enjoyed various activities at the Paisley YMCA over the years and we’ll both be very sad to see it go.
“That place has done a great job in keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble. It’s such a shame that it’s closing down.”
Another parent added: “I was shocked when I found out the place is closing down.
“It’s been there for more than 100 years and generations of Buddies have benefited from what it’s had to offer.”

It does remind me of when we closed The WIRE back in March 2007. Hopefully, like The WIRE, more creative and innovative work will grow out of the closure.


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

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