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Exercise Referral

YMCA East Surrey’s Exercise Referral programme enables people with a chronic health condition, are rehabilitating from an injury, illness or have a disability to engage in physical activity and lead a healthier, independent, more active lifestyle.

As Exercise Referral is a specific intervention, referrals must be authorised by GPs, primary care practitioners and hospital staff.

Download the Exercise Referral form

Who is it for?

YMCA East Surrey is qualified to work with and recommends exercise to people aged 16-90.

Conditions range from:
disabilities | stroke | cardiac | diabetes | MS | mental health | dementia | back pain | arthritis | osteoporosis | joint problems | joint replacement | obesity | high cholesterol | high blood pressure | asthma/C.O.P.D. | cancers

John’s story

Why Physical Activity?

The benefits of exercise can significantly improve one’s physical wellbeing, as well as life expectancy.

It helps:

  • manage weight and weight loss
  • strengthen bones and muscles
  • regulate blood pressure
  • improve respiratory function
  • maintain or improve mobility and flexibility
  • reduce sedentary behaviour.

It can also prevent or manage:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cholesterol
  • the risk of falling as an older adult.

Physical activity also has a positive effect on an individual’s mental wellbeing. It increases mood, relaxation and release from daily stress and anxiety.

What’s more, by getting out the house, meeting new people and working towards personal goals, exercise can give people a renewed sense of purpose in life.


Our Exercise Referral instructors are specially trained to support people of any disability or health condition and help them improve their mobility, stamina, strength and co-ordination in a safe and supportive environment. Staff are also qualified to a high standard, including Level 4 British Association of Cardiac Prevention Rehabilitation (BACPR), specialising in working with people recovering from heart conditions to take exercise, which is proven to reduce the likelihood of further attacks.

We also offer One to One Exercise Referral gym sessions for clients who need specific training, support or encouragement.


We offer several payment options, from pay-as-you-go to monthly memberships, with various rates dependant on personal circumstances.

YMCA Fitness Centre

Our centre is fully inclusive, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Seats can be removed from exercise stations for wheelchair access and controls are larger and brightly coloured for those with visual impairment.

We have specific Exercise Referral fitness classes to suit different conditions and all levels of abilities.

Getting here

Find out more about getting to the YMCA Sports and Community Centre

Exercise Referral Minibus Service
If you have difficulty in getting to our fitness centre, our wheelchair accessible minibus service for Exercise Referral members can pick you up from home (Reigate, Redhill, Nutfield, Merstham and Horley area), bring you to the YMCA and take you back home again.

Pick up between 10.30-11.00am
Drop off between 12.30-1.00pm

Just £2.50 (includes pick up and drop off | does not include gym entry fee)

Next Steps

Download the Exercise Referral form
• Take it to be completed and signed by your referring GP or Health Professional.
• Contact YMCA East Surrey to book an appointment on 01737 784976.
• Meet with us to discuss your needs and goals and we’ll get you started!

Find out more

To take the first step towards an active future, or if you would like specific training, support and encouragement to adopt a new healthier lifestyle, please contact Simone Towner.

T 01737 784976
E simone.towner@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk