Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020

YMCA East Surrey is committed to monitoring and following government advice, together with that of professional bodies we work with. The wellbeing of our communities, visitors and staff is our absolute priority and we ask for your co-operation by following the latest government guidance if you or a member of your household show any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates to services

We will publish updates on this webpage and on our social media channels if there are any changes to services and notify users directly by email, where possible.

Health & Wellbeing

Gym and fitness classes – The YMCA Sports & Community Centre in Earlswood, Redhill is open and we are pleased to welcome you back to our gym and fitness classes. We have completed thorough risk assessments and will be introducing several cleaning, hygiene and social distancing measures to keep you safe once we reopen.

Our temporary opening hours will be:
Monday to Friday | 08:00-21:00
Saturday & Sunday | 08:00-17:00

A revised fitness class timetable will be operating. Read our reopening FAQs.

Exercise Referral – we are offering face to face classes or online classes for people with long term ill-health and disabilities.

Health walks – a selection of health walks are now running with reduced numbers.

Children & Young People

After School Club / Holiday Club – we are taking bookings for Autumn Term After School Club and ran a successful Y-Kids Summer Holiday Club in Redhill.

YMCA Sovereign Pre-school and YMCA Merstham Pre-school are both reopening in the Autumn Term and have spaces for children aged 2-5.

Footsteps Dance & East Surrey Acrobatics sessions are starting back in September.

Yippee & Yip4Youth Short Breaks – as well as providing lots of online and telephone support for families with children with disabilities, we have also resumed reduced Saturday playschemes for children and young people with disabilities in Reigate.

LifeWorks is running face to face and online inclusive activities for people aged 16+ with disabilities.

YMCA Horley Family Centre is closed to the public, however, we continue to support families via phone and email contact.

Youth Services – our youth workers are working with young people providing outreach support through online groups and through some detached street-based youth work. Most group activities are currently suspended until further notice, but we hope to start these as soon as we are able to do so.

Heads Together Counselling – we are providing free video or telephone counselling to young people aged 14-24 instead of face-to-face counselling and online outreach support groups for young people focusing on looking after emotional health at this time.

Our staff have also been working with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s coronavirus welfare support team and Surrey County Council’s Short Breaks services for children with disabilities remotely.

Y-Tots Under 5’s Activities, Crèche, football and parties are still suspended until further notice.


Housing Services – We continue to support young homeless people at YMCA Hillbrook House and our move-on properties 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Our NextStep project also continues to support people to gain access to private rented accommodation.

Our charitable work during the Coronavirus pandemic

The YMCA has been working in East Surrey for 150 years in 2020 and we will continue to do so. We have worked hard to keep as many of our services running as possible, throughout lockdown and beyond.

As a charity, like all organisations, this has a huge impact financially. If you can help us to support these projects, we would be very grateful if you would consider donating to our work.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessments

We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment at each of our centres. We have completed coronavirus (COVID-19) specific risk assessments at each site and put in place appropriate actions to manage the risks identified. This is an ongoing priority for us and these risks assessments will be reviewed regularly to ensure that we are complying with government guidance to minimise transmission risk.

YMCA Sports & Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill

YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate

YMCA Hillbrook House, Brighton Road, Redhill

YMCA Move-on accommodation, Lynwood Road, Redhill

YMCA Horley Family Centre, Horley

Further information

As guidance is continually updating, please continue to follow the advice on the NHS and Government websites below:

NHS coronovirus website

Government response to coronavirus (COVID-19)