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About Us

YMCA is the largest and the oldest charity working with young people in the world.  Across England there are 114 YMCAs.  Each one is a thriving and active community.  A community that is transforming lives.

At Thames Gateway we work in many diverse areas: Supported & Move on Accommodation; Health & Wellbeing programmes and activities; Family & Children’s Work; Youth Work; as well as delivering multiple community outreach programmes.

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 Thames Gateway is regulated by Ofsted for its Children’s Services work and as a Registered Social Landlord we are responsible to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for our housing work.  We are also regulated by the Charity Commission as a registered charity and by Companies House. Read more about our Quality Standards.

We are serious about our safeguarding and are committed to protecting the welfare of all children, young people and those adults that may be at risk of harm, as they participate in our services or activities.

Read more about safeguarding.

Our Vision

Our vision is of an inclusive Christian movement transforming communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.

Our Values

The way we act at YMCA is characterised by five strong and distinctive values that flow from our Christian ethos:

We seek out: We actively look for opportunities to make a transformative impact on young lives in the communities where we work, and believe that every person is of equal value.

We welcome: We offer people the space they need to feel secure, respected, heard and valued; and we always protect, trust, hope and persevere.

We inspire: We strive to inspire each person we meet to nurture their body, mind and spirit, and to realise their full potential in all they do.

We speak out: We stand up for young people, speak out on issues that affect their lives, and help them to find confidence in their lives, and help them to find confidence in their own voice.

We serve others: We are committed to the wellbeing of the communities we serve and believe in the positive benefit of participation, locally and in the wider world.