Helping young people build a brighter future
YMCA East Surrey offers inclusive opportunities and activities for young people aged between 10-19 (or up to 30 if have disability) to develop their potential and help them build a brighter future, focusing on those who are vulnerable or face disadvantage.
We aim to help young people to:
- Stay safe
- Be healthy
- Enjoy and achieve
- Prepare for economic wellbeing
- Make a positive contribution
YMCA’s youth offer
Our youth-led projects and services work across our five aims to target the different needs of the young people we work with. Young people can access our existing services or we can create a bespoke programme of activities to engage with young people at your premises or our centres.
YMCA East Surrey’s youth services have developed through listening to young people and responding to their needs. Our staff have years of experience in youth work and have built relationships with young people across East Surrey (predominantly in Reigate & Banstead, Mole Valley, Tandridge and Epsom & Ewell), helping them to successfully
transition from childhood to adulthood.
Our comprehensive Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies also underpin all of our work. We enable young people to believe in themselves, support them to achieve their goals and inspire them to be the best they can be.
Street Talk is our extensive detached youth work programme. Working in the heart of local communities engaging young people in their space, with a view to building up rapport, offering information, advice and guidance, as well as offering exciting activities.
Mental health support
WAVES (Wellbeing, Awareness and Voice for East Surrey) is a youth group making a difference by providing a safe space for young people who are experiencing anxiety or other mental wellbeing difficulties.
Heads Together provides free counselling to young people aged 14-24 in the East Surrey area.
YMCA East Surrey and Raven Housing Trust are working in partnership to deliver a high quality One-to-One Youth Offer for young people throughout the borough of Epsom and Ewell helping to build resilience and employability skills.
Youth disability projects
We strive to make it possible for people with disabilities to participate in all our mainstream services and also run specific projects for those with higher support needs.
Teen Fit provides an opportunity for young people aged 13-15 to work out in our gym at the YMCA Sport & Community Centre in Redhill.
YMCA Hillbrook House provides supported accommodation for young people aged 16-30 at risk of homelessness.