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You may be aware that we are planning to build new move-on accommodation at our Romford branch. This exciting project is part-funded by the Greater London Authority as part of the Mayor of London’s affordable housing programme. The build will comprise of 39 one-bedroom move-on flats in a new three-story building, adjacent to our Romford hostel (see artist’s impression below).

We are pleased to tell you that construction works are due to start on Monday, 20 January 2020. 

Because modules are constructed off-site we expect the build to progress swiftly once the foundations and groundworks are finished. All going to plan, the new build will open summer 2020.

Please be aware that for the duration of the works our rear car park (ball court and staff parking area) will be closed and inaccessible to traffic. 

Parking will be available at the front (opposite restaurant/reception) and back of our building (triangular overflow car park), and as a temporary measure, the rear car park will be open to two-way traffic.

We will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and provide regular email and internal updates on the build.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your continued support.

Click here for FAQs on the new build

If you have any further questions not covered in the above FAQs please email info@ymcatg.org



Christmas opening times 2019/20

CLICK HERE to download our group fit timetable for the Christmas period.



Dave’s Tartan Trail

YMCA Thames Gateway’s CEO, Dave Ball, is taking on the gruelling 178 mile Tartan Trail cycle ride in Scotland this August, raising awareness and funds for the charity’s youth mental health work.

As someone who has lived at YMCA Romford, Dave knows only too well what an uphill battle with mental health young people can face.“This ride will see me taking on 20,000ft of hills across the Scottish highlands – I wanted to take on a real challenge, something that will test me physically and mentally. This mirrors my journey to some extent, and the lives of all the young people who rely on us, trusting us at such a critical stage in their own lives.

At a time when everyone’s resources are under enormous pressure we are growing our charity to meet the demands of our communities. Good mental health is the key for people to recognise and reach their potential. YMCA started by helping people look after their mind, body and spirit, we do the same today with people of all ages encouraging them to belong, contribute and thrive. We give them all that we can and yet we want to be able to do so much more, please help us, your support is vital.”

YMCA Thames Gateway hopes to raise a minimum of £5,000 in support of this challenge – this could enable 1000 hours of counselling for our most vulnerable residents in Romford, Dartford and Woolwich. The charity is calling on local businesses to pledge their support for this challenge by donating £50 – in return they will print bespoke cycle jerseys for each day of Dave’s challenge displaying the company logos. Please contact the Fundraising Team if you would like more information or to get involved.

Call us to find out more about the work that we do in the communities around our locations, find out how you can help us, and how we might be able to help you…