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Welcome to YMCA Essex

YMCA Essex is an inclusive Christian charity rooted in local communities and working with people of all faiths and people of none to meet the needs of children, young people and their families, and supporting them so they can develop and grow and achieve their goals in life.

Our work includes a nursery for babies and children aged 3 months – 5 years, Out of School Clubs, holiday programmes, youth groups, supported housing for young people, training, conference and meeting rooms, young carers, support for school pupils and their families, and behavioural and attendance support.


Latest News

We’re hiring!

We’re looking for an experienced and highly qualified Head of Finance to join our team. You can find out all about this vacancy on our Working for Us webpage.

Coffee Morning: 4 October

Our Coffee Morning on Friday 4 October raised £107.03. Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes and came along!

#IAMWHOLE: 10 October is Whole Hour Day

Will you pledge to set aside one hour on 10 October to either take some time out for yourself or to use this time connecting with friends or family? Our staff and services users will be taking some time out to themselves to improve their mental health and wellbeing. We hope you will join us. This doesn’t have to be at a particular time during the day, just taking an hour out if and when you can. You could use this time to telephone an old friend, meditate, read a book or go for a walk.

YMCA Essex Newsletter

Please click here to read our September 2019 Newsletter. The next newsletter will be published in November.

To sign up for our mailing list and always receive our latest newsletter, complete this quick form. We produce bi-monthly newsletters with updates on all the great work that we do.

You can read previous editions of our Newsletter, here.



The money you donate to us is an essential part of our being able to provide services to vulnerable and homeless young people. Every penny you give is used to offer the young people we work with a better chance at a healthy, happy life. Click here to find out more.


Data Protection

At YMCA Essex we are very committed to protecting any personal information which is given to us. The ways that we use your contact details and keep them safe, and your rights concerning any personal data that we hold about you, are fully explained in our Data Privacy Notice, please follow the link below.

YMCA Essex Data Privacy Notice



We want to safeguard the health and well-being of all those who are involved in any way with YMCA Essex. To see our Safeguarding Policy, please follow the link below.
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults Policy

If you have any safeguarding concerns please talk in confidence to one or more of these people:
* If someone is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for Police
* Ben Gibbons, Youth & Service Development Manager (01245 341755)
* Essex County Council Social Care on 0345 603 7627 (Children and Young People) or 0345 603 7630 (Adults)