The conference produces the ‘Paris Basis’ – an agreement about the aims of YMCA. It also sees the launch of an international committee and headquarters, which would become the World Alliance of YMCAs.
The first YMCA holiday centre is established on the Isle of Wight. Their huge popularity led to another 25 centres being opened. Billy Butlin later adapted the idea by creating purpose-built holiday camps.
George Williams dies at the age of 83 and is laid to rest in the crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral.
YMCA embarks on a massive education programme for soldiers, which eventually becomes the Army Education Corps.
The red poppy is introduced by an American YMCA worker and goes on to become a worldwide symbol of remembrance for those lost in the World Wars.
The Station Kitchen opened its doors for business serving great food and drinks and training young people
Started offering Platform for Life accommodation across B&NES
Today it works with young men and women regardless of race, religion or culture. In every corner of the world, the YMCA is helping young people to build a future.