Transforming lives in East Surrey

YMCA East Surrey is a vibrant charity that has been actively supporting the local community for over 150 years. We offer a wide range of services to support community needs encompassing health and wellbeing for all ages, supported housing for young homeless people, youth work, children’s clubs including specialist schemes for children with disabilities, mental health counselling for young people, and volunteering. In 2018 we were voted YMCA of the Year out of 116 YMCAs across England and Wales.

We help people to believe in themselves, support them to achieve their goals and inspire them to be the best they can be by providing services that focus on those who are vulnerable, have a disability or face disadvantage.

Our most recent Annual Review highlights our work through the stories of just some of the people who have used our services throughout East Surrey.

We help people to live their lives to the full by offering activities, services and support that:

  • Help people stay safe
  • Improve people’s health and wellbeing
  • Help people to achieve and contribute
  • Help people find their voice

Read some of the Real Stories of people that we have the privilege to work with or watch our video below.

Our services

YMCA Hillbrook House gives young homeless people somewhere to stay and supports them to move on with their lives. We also run a number of move-one projects for Hillbrook House resident ready to take the next step towards living independently. Our NextStep rent deposit scheme helps local vulnerable people and families access private rented accommodation.

Sports and Fitness

The YMCA Sports and Community Centre in Redhill is a friendly and welcoming place to get fit and try new activities. Our fitness gym is air-conditioned and equipped with a range of cardio-vascular and resistance machines, as well as free weight. We also offer a wide range of fitness classes with something for everyone to enjoy. An on-site crèche allows parents to exercise while little ones play.


We are renowned for our disability activities for children, young people and adults.

Yippee club offers children with special educational needs and disabilities a safe and fun environment to play and make new friends. Yip4Youth helps young people with disabilities become more independent by trying out new activities.

Our Exercise Referral programme enables people with a chronic health condition, those who are rehabilitating from an injury, illness or have a disability to engage in physical activity to help them lead a healthier, independent and more active lifestyle.

We run a variety of disability sports sessions in our state-of-the-art Inclusive Sports Facility.

Children and Young People

We run a wide range of children’s clubs and activities, including pre-schools, holiday clubs, after school clubs and sports sessions. We believe in engaging children in a range of activities that boost self-confidence and build new friendships. We also run Horley Young People and Family Centre as part of the Surrey Family Centre offer.

Regular youth activities for young people run from the YMCA Sovereign Centre in Reigate and across East Surrey. Heads Together offers free counselling to help 14-24 year olds overcome difficult life events.

Our certification

We’ve been independently assessed by the British Assessment Bureau against internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management standards showing our commitment to quality and assurance.