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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.


Part-time Receptionist in Colchester

The Receptionist role is is based at our supported housing project on Magdalen Street in central Colchester. Hours of work are 3pm – 8pm Monday to Friday totalling 25 hours per week. Some flexibility in these hours may be required.

Click HERE to download the job advert

Click HERE to download the job description

Click HERE to download the application form

Once completed, email your application form to Sophie Mattei, Head of Housing by 5 November: sophie.mattei@ymcacolchester.org.uk

Full-time, permanent Housing Officer in Colchester

We have a great opportunity for the right candidate! We’re looking for a new Housing Officer for our Colchester branch. It’s a full-time role, 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday, on rota basis. Your time will be spent supporting tenants towards independent living by assisting them to claim and maintain benefits, learn about successful budgeting, to eat healthily and keep themselves safe and healthy both physically and mentally. You will also interview prospective tenants, carry out room checks, fire checks, assist with our food distribution scheme, collect rent and arrears, attend appointments with the young people as and when necessary, take an active role in resident engagement and support the management team.

Click HERE to download the job advert

Click HERE to download the job description

Click HERE to download the application form

Once completed, email your application form to Sophie Mattei, Head of Housing by 22 October: sophie.mattei@ymcacolchester.org.uk

Breakfast and After School Clubs

If you’d be interested in finding out more about our Childcare vacancies in Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers please contact helen.arnott@ymcaessex.org.uk

Coronavirus Update

All our wrap around childcare services resumed on Monday 8 March 2021, for all our locations. If you have any questions or anything we can help you with, please contact us: enquiries@ymcaessex.org.uk

We continue to support young people and families in partnership with schools, tailormade to suit the current needs. Please visit our new webpage: https://www.ymcaessex.org.uk/coronavirus-response

On our website we are creating handy activities and information to help you over the coming weeks, including:

Family support – Reflective listening for parents to support ways of managing emotions, routine and family life through these current challenging times.
Youth work –A bespoke online offer to keep young people aged 7-17 entertained and engaged at home.
Early Years Online – Your one-stop resource for keeping little feet and hands active and engaged
Housing and Welfare Benefits – If you have tenancy, benefit, eviction or homelessness queries we are here to help; free, impartial advice and guidance

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 here to read our September 2021 Newsletter. The next newsletter will be published at Christmas.

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.
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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, 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)