22 November 2022

Make it a December to remember!

Christmas is going to be really difficult for many of us, who will be forced to choose between heating and eating as a result of the cost of living crisis this winter.

Last year we were able to provide 2,259 presents to the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities, thanks to the generosity of local people.  With your help we want to double our efforts to support even more people over the Christmas period and make it a December to Remember!

From our residents and those that attend our senior citizens or health groups, to families in need – we’re here to help but we can only do this with your support.

Every donation will support people in your community

• £5 could pay for a gift for a resident who is spending Christmas alone

• £10 could pay for a small gift and provide a meal for a vulnerable member of our community

• £25 could pay for an hour of cancer rehabilitation with our specialist team

Click here to make a donation.


Give a Gift

If giving a gift is more your thing, you can support us by donating a new gift to be given to a vulnerable person in your local community. Gifts can be purchased online via our Amazon gift list (or purchased & delivered to one of our branches).


Christmas Market – YMCA Dartford

Join us for some festive fun and an evening of Christmas shopping. There will be a range of stalls selling locally-crafted gifts & festive decorations; we’ll have face painting and colouring activities for little ones plus a Christmas-themed selfie station for you all to enjoy! Warm mulled wine (alcohol-free) and mince pies will be available and our cafe will also be open for refreshments and cake.

📍 The Roundhouse, Overy St, Dartford
📅 Thursday, 1 December
⏰ 6.00pm – 9.00pm
🎟 FREE entry


Find Santa’s Reindeer – family event

Santa needs your help! Join us in Dartford town centre on Saturday, 3 December to help Santa find his missing reindeer. There will be goody bags & Christmas crafts plus an opportunity to have a photo with the big man! This event has been kindly supported by Dartford Borough Council.

🎟 £2.50 per child
📅 Saturday, 3 December
⏰ 10am – 3pm

Click here for tickets


Christmas Jumper Day

Dust off your festive wear and help us to raise funds to support more vulnerable young people in need! If you are unable to get involved or would prefer to simply make a donation, please visit our giving page.

📍 All YMCATGG branches
📅 Thursday, 8 December
🎟 £1 – suggested donation


Mince Pie Medley

Join us for festive fun, carols, a cuppa and of course, a mince pie!

📍 YMCA Dartford (Y on the River Café)  – Monday, 12 December at 12noon
📍 YMCA Romford (Lecture Room) – Tuesday, 13 December at 10.30am


Drop & Shop

Creche (0-5) & holiday club (5plus). Leave your little ones in safe hands whilst you get on with the Christmas shopping!

🎟 £19.99 per child
📅 Saturday, 17 December
⏰ 10am – 4pm
Call us on 01708 766211 or email Qualitychildcare@ymcatg.org to book!