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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.


What we do


Our Childcare Services includes a nursery for babies – 5 year olds, Breakfast and Out of School Clubs and Holiday Clubs.







Our Youth Services includes youth clubs designed to help young people make new friends and have lots of fun! The groups run every day of the week in different areas of Essex, including Chelmsford and Colchester.







Our Housing Services consists of a 44-room supported housing unit in Colchester. We house young people aged 16-25 for up to two years.







Read our latest news and events



The Mayor of Chelmsford’s Charity Ball: Saturday 11 May

A fabulous fundraising gala, The Mayor’s Ball will be taking place on Saturday 11 May at 7pm, hosted at Chelmsford City Football Club. Tickets cost £60 each or £430 for a table of 8 and includes a champagne reception with canapés, sparkling entertainment and a luxury two-course dinner. Book your place via Eventbrite here



The Great Moustache Run: Saturday 27 April

Join us as part of Chelmsford parkrun for the Great Moustache Run in association with the Mayor of Chelmsford – moustaches obligatory! and finish the 5k course. Join hundreds of people and fundraise for YMCA Essex whilst registering for parkrun and getting your result certified! Join our Facebook event page and/or find out more about this fun event here: The Great Moustache Run – YMCA Essex


New City Voices and Men2Sing Concert: Saturday 20 April

This concert will take place on 20 April 2024 at St John’s Church, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford. Click here to view the New City Voices and Men2Sing poster more clearly. Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased from www.newcityvoices.co.uk and you can share your attendance via Facebook event here.



 Jumble Sale: Saturday 18 May, YMCA Colchester
We are having a jumble sale in Colchester on Saturday, 18 May.
Please come, donate, hire a table and share! Raising money for our housing project in Colchester. Click here to view the full poster of details.




High Sheriffs’ Shield

On Wednesday 6 March 2024 we attended the High Sheriff Awards and were awarded the High Sheriffs’ Shield for outstanding contribution to community safety. A very special and proud moment for us all. 



Mayor’s Newsletter

The Mayor of Chelmsford would like to share her latest Newsletter with you.





Charity of the Year

We are honoured to announce that the new Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Linda Mascot, has selected YMCA Essex as her Charity of the Year for 2023/2024.

The announcement was made at the Annual Full Council Meeting on Wednesday 24 May 2023.



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