• A  A  A  


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 children aged 2 – 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.

Could you be a YMCA Essex Trustee?

YMCA Essex is a growing, medium-sized Youth Charity working across the county of Essex with an exciting mission and a passionate team.

The Charity wishes to encourage expressions of interest in joining the Governing Body to help further its aims and objectives.  The role of a non-executive Governor is not salaried (although expenses are paid) but provides opportunities to contribute to the development of the Charity working with other members of the Governing Body, the CEO and the wider team of paid and volunteer staff.

All Governors need to have the skills, senior level strategic experience and time to make a significant contribution to the work of the Board. Appointments are made to ensure that collectively the Governing Body has the full range of skills required to govern a growing, medium-sized charity with a turnover in 2022/23 expected to be approaching £2m. Legal, financial, Safeguarding, Youth Development and Housing knowledge are particularly sought after.

You can download our Board Member prospectus here: YMCA Essex Board Member prospectus

Please submit an expression of interest to anna.gibbs@ymcaessex.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!


Staying COVID-19 Secure 

YMCA Essex have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.

– We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
– We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
– We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
– We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace and where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.
If you would like to find out more about the business requirements for staying Covid-19 secure, please visit this website: www.gov.uk/guidance

We are here for you

YMCA has been in our communities for more than 175 years and we fully intend to be here for another 175.
See how we’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis and how together we can reach more communities…

FIF-Xtra – Additional support 

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Essex County Council have recognised the great need for additional support for children, young people and families. We are proud to be part of this government initiative and do our best to make sure everyone has a voice. You can find out more about this initiative by viewing our Family Support webpage and/or viewing the FIF -Xtra flyer below:


YMCA Essex Newsletter

Please click to read our latest editions of our Newsletter, here.

To sign up for our mailing list and always receive our latest newsletter, complete this quick form.



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 of the contacts below:
* If someone is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for Police
* Ben Gibbons, Head of Childcare and Youth Services (01245 341755)
* Essex County Council Social Care on 0345 603 7627 (Children and Young People) or 0345 603 7630 (Adults)