Volunteering with YMCA East Surrey is a great way to share and learn new skills, as well as build new friendships.

There are many benefits to volunteering, from knowing that you’re making a contribution to your local community, to enhancing your CV, university application and job prospects.

We welcome enquires and applications for volunteering – please complete the Volunteer Application Form below.

Volunteering opened up so many opportunities and gave me personal and practical skills. I recommend volunteering to anyone.

Volunteering opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with us. You can help with:

  • Children’s clubs
  • Pre-schools
  • Youth clubs
  • Disability services
  • Fundraising and challenge events
  • Sport and fitness
  • Corporate volunteering

Volunteer trainee counsellors | mid and East Surrey

YMCA East Surrey’s Heads Together youth counselling service has opportunities for trainee counsellors across mid and East Surrey, working with young people aged 11 to 24.

We offer volunteer placements for counsellors in training (and newly qualified counsellors wishing to gain further experience) to see between three and six clients each week. We provide free fortnightly group supervision and CPD opportunities to develop your skills and experience in working with young people.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact Shan Johnson to arrange an informal chat

Volunteer mentors - Y's Girls project

We are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in their own community and make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentor will regularly meet up (once a week) with a young person offering a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices. There will also be a need for the mentor to build a relationship with the young person’s parents/guardians, although the main focus is the young person. Full training will be given and a DBS check will be required (no cost involved). A mentor will work with one young person for a period of 12 months building a good working relationship to support this young person to thrive.

Email Keleigh.Nicholls@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk to find out more.

Volunteer walk leaders

If you can spare a few hours a week and enjoy being outdoors, we are always looking for new volunteer walk leaders for our health walks. Find out more.

Board of Management

Our Board is responsible for the governance of YMCA East Surrey and meets regularly to discuss a wide range of matters, including the charity’s vision, mission and strategic direction. If you are interested in joining our board, please email ian.burks@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk.

Looking for a work experience placement?

Looking to complete a work experience through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, school or college? If you are aged 16 years + and are interested in completing your hours within children’s services, disability provision or youth work, we can support you with your placement across YMCA East Surrey.


We offer all volunteers free induction training to ensure you will get the most out of your volunteering experience. Training will help you to learn key skills and gain a better understanding of disabilities, safeguarding and health and safety. Volunteers at the YMCA are highly valued and their training, development and welfare is taken extremely seriously.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Free training
  • Travel expenses
  • References
  • Supervision and support
  • Invitations to social events
  • Free access to our gym and fitness classes in Redhill

Employee privacy form

Please see our Employee Privacy Notice to see how we will collate and use new applicants’ personal data.

Find out more

Complete a volunteer application form

To find out more about volunteering or work experience placements, please email volunteer@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk