YMCA Geelong

option about open doorsThe Y Open Doors

The Y seeks to improve people's health and happiness by enabling people of all ages and abilities to become active and involved in their local community.

The Y Open Doors is critical to the Y’s work (YMCA Geelong Inc & Geelong and District YMCA Youth Services) in overcoming health inequalities, poverty, distress, helplessness, suffering or misfortune experienced by people and families facing disadvantage within our community. Through The Y Open Doors, with the support of our committed partners, we raise funds locally to provide access to health promoting The Y programs and services as local needs dictate.

People with disabilities, those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, refugees and indigenous Australians are the main groups we seek to support. It is our aim that no one will be turned away from accessing a Y program due to an inability (not unwillingness) to pay.

pdfClick here to view the Open Doors Agency Referral Nomination Form

pdfClick here to view the Open Doors Participant Application Form

Please note that families are required to complete the Participant Application Form and that an advocate for the family (non-family member) must complete the Agency Referral Nomination Form.

The Agency Referral can be completed by a variety of people, they may be from an actual agency such as MacKillop Family Services, Bethany or Barwon Health, or they may be your child’s teacher, doctor, gymnastics instructor, and so on.

The person completing this form must be able to vouch for the family and confirm that they require financial assistance and how the child/ren would benefit from participating in The Y services and programs.

IMPORTANT: Families may be required to attend a formal meeting before approval is granted. Also, note there are limitations as to the amount any one family may be eligible per calendar year.

For further enquiries regarding our Open Doors program please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Y is able to support our communities through the fundraising efforts of our members, participants and staff. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support the benevolent work of the Y please click DONATE NOW