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 to young people and local communities.

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.

Here’s what our staff have to say about working at YMCATGG:

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. 

Housing Support Worker

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. 

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.

Make every day count by improving the prospects for vulnerable young people and 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.

Brilliant Benefits



  • International opportunities to engage with the national and international YMCA movement
  • Commitment to Continued Professional development
  • Apprenticeship training with Level 2, Level 3, Level 5 Apprenticeship courses
  • Leadership Development Programme for line managers and aspiring leaders

Future Proofing

  • Life Assurance Scheme (which pays out 4 x your salary)
  • Group Income Protection
  • Automatic enrolment to a contributory pension package of a choice – The People’s Pension or Company Competitive Pension (4:8)
  • Length of service monetary rewards

Health & Wellbeing

  • Free on-site gym membership and discounts for family and friends
  • HSF Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programmes
  • Commitment to worklife balance
  • Discount on lunchtime meals, tea and coffee in our Restaurant (Romford hub)
  • ‘Thrive’ : Mental Health App


  • 50% discount on childcare provisions such as nursery, pre-school and holiday programme sessions. All of our childcare provisions are Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding.

Annual leave

  • Entry Annual Leave: 25 days + Bank Holidays
  • After 10 years’ service: 30 days + Bank Holidays
  • Leadership: 30 days + Bank Holidays


  • Season Ticket Loan to help with the cost of your commute
  • Bicycle Loan with lock up facilities
  • Free onsite parking

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.

What we do

We provide supported & move-on housing, childcare, youth & family work, fitness & wellbeing and catering & spaces for hire in the Essex, Kent and south east Greater London areas.