Southeastern and YMCA West Kent working together in bike maintenance scheme

Every six months bikes abandoned across the network are transferred to Sevenoaks station and collected by the charity, YMCA West Kent. The bikes are then overhauled and repaired by the youngsters on the charity’s program, giving them real experience of learning practical skills that they can utilise in the workplace. The bikes are then sold…



Director of Communities

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 Communities to spearhead our work with Children and Families; Youth; Customer Services; and Health and Wellbeing. Joining our team is an…



Free chainsaw carving demo at YMCA Romford

We have teamed up with Havering Changing to bring a live wood carving demonstration to Romford! Chainsaw artist, Matt Darge will be carving a fox out of a single piece of wood. The design of the piece has been chosen by YMCA Romford residents and will take pride of place in our car park which…



Recruitment event at YMCA Dartford

We’re holding a recruitment open day where you can find out more about our vacancies, have an on-the-spot interview and possibly even go away with a job offer! Whilst we currently have a range of openings, the focus of this event will be on childcare and early years recruitment. Roles include full, part-time and bank…



Landsec donates surplus IT devices to help combat youth homelessness via LandAid

Leading UK real estate company LANDSEC are putting sustainability and technology reuse into action by donating three full roll-cages of surplus IT devices to be refurbished and given –away to LandAid’s charities supporting the homeless. Landsec create places that make a lasting positive contribution to communities and the planet.  This latest initiative is testament to…



New skills for young people help to generate charity income

Giving old furniture a new lease of life has become an incredibly popular hobby for a lot of people. However, upcycling also provides a fantastic learning and development opportunity for young people. The West Kent branch of YMCA Thames Gateway group runs an Upcycling Centre which provides training for young people in upcycling skills, working…



Charity delivers essential food packages to families in time for Christmas

YMCA Romford received a large donation of food boxes from Kitchen Social, a programme funded by the Mayor of London that addresses the growing issue of food insecurity, during the Christmas holidays. The food, which was distributed to families who attend the charity’s holiday club in the run up to Christmas, was a hit with…



‘On-track’ five-year plan to tackle homelessness in Havering praised

Havering is on track to deliver its five-year plan to tackle homelessness, according to the man in charge of the strategy. Cllr Joshua Chapman said despite the “dramatic rise in homelessness” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the borough expects to deliver on the objectives in its Prevention of Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy. The council’s efforts…