Last updated: Wednesday 24 February 2021

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) and wearing a face mask in all public communal areas.

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.

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Health & Wellbeing

Further to the recent government announcement, we will be reopening our gym on Monday 12 April (public health data permitting).

Group exercise classes are currently scheduled to resume on Monday 17 May at the earliest. In the meantime, you can visit our Health & Wellbeing page to find out about our popular free virtual class programme through Zoom and Facebook Live.

We will maintain the same high social distancing and hygiene stands as before so you can be assured you are returning to a COVID-secure environment.

Please be assured your memberships remain frozen whilst our centre is closed and we will write to all members directly in the lead up to reopening.

In the meantime, please continue to look to our social media and the information on this page for further updates.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back again. Stay safe and well!

Exercise Referral – Exercise Referral sessions are currently suspended in person, but our successful online Exercise Referral classes continue online using Zoom.

Health walks – Our health walks are currently suspended.

Children & Young People

YMCA Sovereign Pre-school and YMCA Merstham Pre-school are open to all children and have spaces for children aged 2-5.

After School Club – Y-Kids After School Clubs in Redhill and Reigate will reopen on Monday 8 March. Bookings are now open from 8 March until Easter.

Holiday Club – Our Easter holiday club will be running and bookings open at 17:00 on Thursday 4 March.

East Surrey Acrobatics – classes will resume online for at least until Monday 12 April (public health data permitting).

Footsteps Dance – classes have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Football – sessions have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Yippee & Yip4Youth Short Breaks – Yippee and Yip4Youth disability Short Breaks are temporarily closed. We will let parents/carers know as soon as we are able to re-open.

LifeWorks inclusive activities for people aged 16+ with disabilities will resume online from Monday 1 March.

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

Youth Services – our youth workers are working with young people providing outreach support through online groups and detached youth work. We hope to open our YMCA youth clubs as soon as we are able to do so.

Heads Together Counselling – we are providing free video or telephone counselling to young people aged 11-24 instead of face-to-face counselling.

WAVES youth group will provide online outreach support groups for young people focusing on looking after emotional health.

Y-Tots Crèche is currently suspended until further notice.

Under 5’s Activities, and children’s parties remain 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 COVID-19 pandemic

The YMCA has been working in East Surrey for 150 years and we will continue to do so. We have worked hard to keep as many of our services running as possible, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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, Merstham & 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 coronavirus website

Government response to coronavirus (COVID-19)