Person NameDundee Young Men's Christian Association; 1858-
ActivityThe Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) movement originated in London in 1844, where it was set up by George Williams (1821-1905) and 12 other young men for “the improvement of the spiritual condition of young men in the drapery and other trades”. Subsequently, the movement spread rapidly throughout the UK, promoting education, public affairs and citizenship activities and sport for young working class men. The Scottish National Council of YMCAs was founded in 1875. The YMCA is now an international network of non-sectarian organizations providing athletic, recreational, cultural and educational services to their members. This association, a forerunner of the present Dundee Y.M.C.A., established probably in 1858, appears only to have lasted a few years. According to its Constitution, one of its objectives was ""To cultivate a closer union among the young men in connection with the respective congregations of the Free Church in Dundee"". The members met together at Weekly Meetings where essays were read and debates took place. In 1859, the weekly meetings were held in Free St. Paul's classroom.
Corporate NameDundee Young Men's Christian Association
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