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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.

Our big fundraising event

Sleep Easy 2020 will take place on Friday 13 March – Saturday 14 March, from 7.00pm at YMCA Colchester’s Activity Centre.

How to join Sleep Easy 2020

Please complete your registration either through Eventbrite or by completing a paper-based registration form, available from our offices.

View our handy Sleep Easy webpage for more information about the event.

Corporate Services and Events Coordinator

We are recruiting a new role within our Communications and Events team. The role comprises of providing administrative and event support, along with minute-taking of committee meetings and assistance with fundraising objectives. The role is 25 hours per week, over 5 hours per day, term-time only. However some events will take place outside of term-time, so some flexibility may be required.

You can apply for this vacancy via Reed.co.uk.

YMCA Essex Newsletter

Please click here to read our January 2020 Newsletter. The next newsletter will be published in March 2020.

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.


Room Hire

We have rooms for hire in both Colchester and Chelmsford. Our Colchester room hire can be booked straight away through our Online Booking System and if you’re interested in hiring in Chelmsford, please provide us with all of your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you. For Chelmsford, contact Efi, our Receptionist on reception@ymcachelmsford.org.uk or 01245 355677 and she will help you. Please note that we cannot provide teas or coffees and we also can only allow bookings between 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday, unless you are a multiple booker and are allocated a key.


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)