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Thank you for visiting our Donate page. Your generosity can really make a difference to the mind, body and spirit of everyone who uses our services.

You can donate to YMCA Essex in many ways. You can make a single or regular gift, leave a legacy, or give in memory. No matter how much you donate, you can help provide a young person with a safe place to stay or help us to provide them with support, advice and training.


A great way to donate or to fundraise for YMCA Essex is through JustGiving.com

If you’re interested in helping us fundraise, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Helen, our Communications and Events Manager, either by calling 07728 616171 or by sending her an email: helen.arnott@ymcaessex.org.uk and Helen and the team can help you come up with some fun and interesting ways to fundraise. You can also view different suggestions on ways to fundraise on the YMCA England & Wales website.

If you’d like to donate to us through JustGiving, you can do so as a one-off or regular donation through the donation box below. Your donation really does make a huge difference to the lives of young people.

Where possible, we always like to ensure that donations received are allocated to a particular cause that matters to our donors, so it’d be great to know if you have a particular cause at heart. For example, we raise money to do many great things to help our young people unleash their potential and the campaigns that we are focusing on include the following:Fundraising for family support work

Fundraising for our Young Carers group

We hold a weekly Young Carers youth group at our Chelmsford site, for 7 – 17 year olds. The group is designed to help young people that are the carers within their family to take a night out from their responsibilities. We give them that break that they desperately need.We assist at schools and with families by offering young people a chance to speak to one of our family support workers, providing them with a safe place to air their concerns and work through any problems, focusing first and foremost on the mental health and wellbeing of the young people that attend. We strive to help them enter their adult lives with all the tools they need to make positive and healthy decisions for their future.

Fundraising for accommodation

We provide accommodation for young people with nowhere to live in and around Colchester. Many of these tenants require counselling, mental health and wellbeing support that our team simply need more funds for in order to support them.

Day to day running

We also require vital donations to continue the day to day running of YMCA Essex and we will make sure that your generous gift supports this objectives.Single or regular gifts

With a single gift, you can help us to raise funds to enable the members of our community to thrive. With a regular gift, you can become a key part of our continued growth. No matter how much or how frequently you donate, your donation will make a difference and help ensure that no matter what challenges arise, YMCA Essex can be there to help young people work through them.

You can download a standing order form using the link below and send it off to your bank. It would be helpful for us to also have a copy of your form so that we might confirm receipt. If you are a UK tax payer, we would benefit by you completing a gift aid form.

Download Single one-off Donation Form
Download Standing Order Form
Download Gift Aid Form

If you would like further details on how a gift aid form works or have any questions on standing orders or general donations, please contact our Finance team by email or call 01245 355677.

All donations are welcome: cash, cheque or standing order. Please make cheques payable to “YMCA Essex”.

Remember us in your will

By leaving a legacy to YMCA Essex in your will, you will be helping to ensure that young people’s lives are less disadvantaged and that, with us, they can lift their aspirations and achieve their fullest potential. If you would like to make a lasting difference in the life of a child or young person, we have a number of fantastic projects and services across Chelmsford and Colchester which would benefit directly from your legacy, and you have the option of requesting that your gift is allocated to a specific project area. If you would like to talk to someone about this, please call us on 01245 355677 and ask to speak to our CEO, Andy Drake.

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