YMCA is the largest and oldest charity working with young people in the world. Across England there are 114 YMCAs. Each one is a thriving and active community – community that is transforming lives.
At Thames Gateway Group we work in many diverse areas: Supported & Move-on Housing; Health & Wellbeing programmes and activities; Childcare, Youth & Family work; as well as delivering multiple community outreach programmes.
The number of people homeless in England is predicted to jump by a third by 2024 as councils warn of a “tidal wave” of need caused by benefits freezes, soaring food and energy bills and the end of Covid eviction bans.
We focus on young people and help them play an active and fulfilling role within their communities. We call this a youth-minded community approach.
We are proud of our Christian heritage and ethos. We are an inclusive Christian movement transforming communities. We provide a wide array of community-based activities and services to help meet local needs wherever we are based.
YMCA believes in fairness and opportunity. There are essential building blocks for a full and rewarding life: a safe home; acceptance; guidance; friendship; physical and mental health; academic support; employment skills; and access to real opportunities.
Many young people have never known these things; other people have lost one or more as they grew up, but we all need them. All of us. At YMCA, we provide these critical foundations for a fresh, strong start for young people and a better quality of life in the community.
young people were homeless in the UK
There was a
rise in homelessness in the East of England in 2018 – 20
Councils saw a
increase since the start of the pandemic
The vision of YMCA is of an inclusive Christian movement, transforming communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.
Volunteer at YMCA
We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities at the YMCA.
Whatever hours you have to spare, we would be delighted to hear from you.