Working at YMCA Thames Gateway Group is an opportunity to be part of a global movement that is inclusive, diverse and forward-thinking. People choose to work for us because they want to make a difference in young people’s lives and local communities.

Our Work

Our work includes supported and move-on housing, childcare & youth clubs, fitness and wellbeing and catering in the Essex, Kent and south east Greater London areas. Please feel free to look around this website for more information about what we do.

Whenever I hear the words ‘It’s fun to stay at the YMCA’ it brings a big smile to my face as that is where I have worked for the past 20 years. My vision was to work with young people, so it’s been really rewarding to be a part of their journey and see them thrive and when they’re ready, move on independently.

Current Vacancies

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to good employment practice.

We are creating a movement of change, by thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop everyone.

I have a real passion for working with young and vulnerable people which comes through personal experience. I am able to have a positive impact on the people I support and am grateful to the YMCA for investing in me and enabling me to continue doing what I love.

Brilliant Benefits

Make every day count by improving prospects for vulnerable young people & wider communities.

We are a great place to work, offering meaningful opportunities, great values, and personal benefits such as a company pension and life assurance scheme, generous holiday allowance, annual season ticket loan, and a commitment to work/life balance.

Annual Leave

  • Entry level: 25 days plus Bank Holidays
  • After 10 years’ service: 30 days plus Bank Holidays
  • Leadership team: 30 days plus Bank Holidays

Health & Wellbeing

  • Free on-site gym (Romford hub)
  • HSF Health Cash Plan, Employee Assistance Programme and counselling
  • Flexible working
  • Discounted food and drink in our restaurant (Romford)

Development Opportunities

  • International engagement opportunities
  • Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Apprenticeship training
  • Leadership Development Programmes


  • Free onsite parking (where available)
  • Season ticket loan
  • Interest-free staff loans (i.e. to purchase a bike)

Future proofing

  • Life assurance pay-out for death in service
  • Critical illness income protection
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Long service award


  • 50% discount on our childcare provisions including: Nurseries, Pre-schools, Before School Clubs, After School Clubs and Holiday Clubs

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.