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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

Between 4-8 August a team of staff attended YMCA 175, our 175th anniversary conference with over 3,000 attendees. You can read all about the event in our newsletter.

Our Awards Night took place 6:30pm on Friday 12th July at Anglia Ruskin University and was a very special and memorable occasion. You can find out more on our Awards Night webpage.

We’d love to see you at our Youth Services Charity Quiz Night. A curry will be provided and teams can be a maximum of 8 people per table. Tickets cost £10 and you can pay on the door or in advance here.

We’ll be hosting a Coffee Morning on Friday 4 October from 10am. Everyone’s welcome to come along. The Asda Foundation will also be kindly providing some drinks and cakes for us. If you’d like to bake and bring your own cake that would be welcome too!

YMCA Essex Newsletter

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

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)