Timeline

1997

1997

Something is

growing

here…

1997 saw YMCA Valletta reflect on its sudden growth and newfound role as a game changer in Maltese society. The Internet Café was becoming a thriving hub for all kinds of activity with education, outreach and entertainment always on offer. A Lifesavers Programme hit the shores of the islands and YMCA lifeguards became the first professionals ever to patrol our sunny beaches.

From newly inaugurated premises in Valletta, our organisation began its first Social Work Programme, assisting the needy and underprivileged and helping them get back on their feet. 90% of cases were deemed a success with long-term care offered.

It was in also in 1997 that the first plans for a homeless shelter were drawn up: a block of five apartments situated at 182 St Paul’s Street in the capital would soon help stem the flow of referrals for those in need of emergency shelter.

Ten Sing

Many of our early volunteers formed part of our Youth Activities Programme. They took part in the annual Valletta and Infant Joy Arts Festivals, creating music, drama and art performances and exhibitions. YMCA Valletta was very well represented in YMCA International’s Ten Sing Programme.