Updated: Thursday 9 April 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 government advice on hand-washing and self-isolation.
View the current government stay at home guidance
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.
Gym and fitness classes – Following the latest announcements made by the Government, we will be will be suspending our adult fitness activities from 9pm Friday 20 March until further notice. This includes the gym, exercise referral, sports activities and all group exercise classes.
Children’s Services – Our after school and holiday clubs, pre-schools, under 5’s sessions, crèche, parties, after school recreational activities and disability short breaks will be suspended until further notice.
YMCA Horley Family Centre will be closed to the public from Monday 23 March – we will continue to support families via phone and email contact.
Youth Services – all YMCA youth activities and youth clubs are unfortunately suspended until further notice. Our youth workers will be providing outreach support where possible.
Our charitable work during the Coronavirus pandemic
We have been working in East Surrey for 150 years and continue to work with adapted services throughout this crisis.
Our services that are still running include:
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.
Youth Services – We are providing free video or telephone counselling to young people aged 14-24 instead of face-to-face counselling and an online support group for young people from our WAVES youth group focusing on looking after emotional health at this time.
Children’s Services – Our Short Breaks team is supporting families with children with disabilities through telephone support for the most vulnerable families, posting online videos and content for children to enjoy and sending out activity packs for all children who access our disability playschemes. We continue to support families remotely through YMCA Horley Family Centre. Our staff are also working with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Coronavirus Welfare Support Team and Surrey County Council’s Short Breaks services for children with disabilities remotely.
Health & Wellbeing – Our trained staff are releasing new video content to help people exercise in their homes, including targeted exercises for our Exercise Referral clients with long term ill health or disabilities.
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.
Please continue to follow government advice to stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Read the current NHS advice about staying at home.
You can use the online 111 Coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
These actions will help you protect yourself and others.