YMCA East Surrey is qualified to work with and recommend exercise to people aged 16+ to adults of all ages and abilities.

Conditions range from:
Disabilities | Stroke | Diabetes | MS | Obesity | Dementia | Back pain | Cancer | Cardiac | Musculoskeletal | Mental health | Joint problems | Asthma/C.O.P.D. | Falls prevention | Recovery from COVID-19

As Exercise Referral is a specific intervention, referrals must be authorised by GPs, primary care practitioners and hospital staff.

The benefits of physical activity

Exercise can significantly improve your physical wellbeing, as well as life expectancy.

It helps:

  • Manage weight and weight loss
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Improve respiratory function
  • Maintain or improve mobility and flexibility
  • Reduce sedentary behaviour

It can also prevent or manage:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • The risk of falling as an older adult

Physical activity also has a positive effect on an individual’s mental wellbeing. It increases mood, relaxation and release from daily stress and anxiety. By working towards personal goals, exercise can also give you a renewed sense of purpose in life.

Exercise Referral classes


YMCA East Surrey’s Exercise Referral team have many years experience and are professionally qualified in supporting people with any disability or health condition.

Our instructors can also hold additional classes in Residential Homes and Day Centres or for groups of people with disabilities.


We offer several payment options, from pay-as-you-go to monthly memberships, with various rates dependant on personal circumstances.

Exercise Referral consultation

All new Exercise Referral members (premium and basic) must complete an ER consultation at a cost of £15 before the membership can be started. This covers your initial one to one consultation, gym induction and personalised programme of exercise with one of our exercise referral specialists. During your initial consultation we will discuss your referral, previous medical history and medication as well as discuss your exercise goals. You will then book a suitable time to have your one to one induction and personalised programme of exercise in the gym.

YMCA Fitness Centre

Our centre is fully inclusive, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Seats can be removed from exercise stations for wheelchair access and controls are larger and brightly coloured for those with visual impairment.

Getting here

Exercise Referral Minibus Service
If you have difficulty in getting to our fitness centre, our wheelchair accessible minibus service for Exercise Referral members can pick you up from home (Reigate, Redhill, Nutfield, Merstham and Horley area), bring you to the YMCA and take you back home again.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (term time only)
Pick up between 10:30-11:00
Drop off between 12:30-13:00

Just £2.50 (includes pick up and drop off, does not include gym entry fee)

Next steps

• Download the Exercise Referral form
• Take it to be completed and signed by your referring GP or Health Professional.
• Contact YMCA East Surrey to book an appointment on 01737 784976.
• Meet with us to discuss your needs and goals and we’ll get you started!

Find out more

To take the first step towards an active future, or if you would like specific training, support and encouragement to adopt a new healthier lifestyle, please contact us.

T 01737 779979
E ymcaes.exercisereferral@nhs.net