Updated: Wednesday 1 July 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.
Gym and fitness classes – Following the announcements made by the Government, our adult fitness activities have been temporarily suspended until further notice. This includes the gym, exercise referral, sports activities and all group exercise classes. We’re waiting for confirmation from the Government on when we can reopen our gym and fitness facilities. In the meantime, we have completed thorough risk assessments and will be introducing several cleaning, hygiene and social distancing measures to keep you safe once we reopen.
Children’s Services – Our after school clubs, under 5’s sessions, crèche, parties and after school recreational activities are suspended until further notice. YMCA Sovereign Pre-school reopened on Monday 15 June to a small number of children and our Short Breaks for children with disabilities is also running with reduced Saturday playschemes in Reigate. We are now taking bookings for Y-Kids Summer Holiday Club in Redhill and are intending to open After School Club again for the new school year in September 2020.
YMCA Horley Family Centre will be closed to the public from Monday 23 March, however we will 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. Our group activities are currently suspended until further notice, but we hope to start these as soon as we are able to do so.
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 online outreach support groups for young people focusing on looking after emotional health at this time. our trained youth workers have also resumed some detached youth work engaging with young people on the streets.
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 have also resumed reduced Saturday playschemes for children and young people with disabilities in Reigate.
YMCA Sovereign Pre-school in Reigate is now open and we are taking bookings for Y-Kids Summer Holiday Club in Redhill. We are continuing 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.
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.