RIP Pip Wilson

From our CEO, Dave Ball: It is with great sadness that I share that Pip Wilson, a great YMCA hero, died last week. Pip was the General Secretary of YMCA Romford from 1987 to 2003. His influence went well beyond YMCA Romford, the National YMCA movement and indeed the international movement. Pip’s exuberant style, his…



August bank holiday opening times

GYM & CLASSES (ROMFORD) Gym open 24-hour – no instructor available Les Mills virtual RPM – available  8.30am – Fitness Pilates with Delray 9.30am – RPM with Delray 9.30am – Gym Circuit with Roy 10.30am – Body Pump with Roy   CHILDREN’S SERVICES (ALL LOCATIONS) Closed   TOMMY’S PLACE RESTAURANT (ROMFORD) Members & general public:…



Lisa’s story

Lisa, 53, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022.  Lisa is a regular at YMCA Romford and has been a member of the gym for over 20 years. In fact, her membership card was one of the first to be printed in plastic and distributed back in 2003! Lisa has always loved keeping fit and…



A message from our Chair, Mark Saunders

In October 2021, Dave Ball our CEO shared with the Group Board that this strategic period would be his last. In April, Dave shared with me that after over 30 years of service, it is time for him to complete his time with YMCA Thames Gateway Group. He has served in a variety of roles…



Carol’s journey back to fitness

Carol, 57, was initially diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer back in 2021. Following a full mastectomy and reconstruction surgery to her right side, she was then diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. This then resulted in six rounds of chemotherapy and a series of Herceptin injections for a further 10 months. Prior to diagnosis,…



Update on our Thamesmead services

YMCA Thames Gateway Group has had to make the difficult decision not to move forward with the boathouse project on Southmere Lake. Conversations regarding the opening of the boathouse started with Peabody – the owners of the new building – before the COVID pandemic. The position of YMCA Thames Gateway Group has changed significantly since…



Late May bank holiday opening – 29 May

HEALTH & WELLBEING (Romford) Gym open 24-hour  (no instructor available) Les Mills virtual RPM – available from 5am – 7pm 9.30am – RPM with Roy 10.30am – Body Pump with Roy CHILDREN’S SERVICES (all locations) CLOSED TOMMY’S PLACE (Romford) Members & general public: CLOSED Resident mealtimes: Please see housing update for resident mealtimes THE Y ON THE…



Bank Holiday opening (8 May)

HEALTH & WELLBEING (Romford) Gym open 24-hours (no instructor available) Virtual RPM is available from 5am – 7pm 8.30am – Fitball with Jo 9.30am – Rebound HIIT with Jo 9.30am – RPM with Roy 10.30am – Body Pump with Roy CHILDREN’S SERVICES (all locations) CLOSED TOMMY’S PLACE (Romford) Members & general public: Open from 9.30am…



50+ Club at YMCA Romford

If you are recently retired and looking for a new routine, we can help! Our 50plus Club at YMCA Romford is a great place to have fun and meet new friends. We offer a range of fun activities every week along with social events and day trips. Everyone is welcome! Stay active Wellbeing activities included…



Director of Finance & IT

Do you have a passion to make a difference to the lives of young people and local communities in the Essex, Kent and London areas? YMCA Thames Gateway Group is seeking a Director of Finance and IT to join our outstanding executive team, and to take a lead in ensuring that our work continues to…