About Southend YMCA


Who We Are

Southend YMCA are a registered charity and housing provider based in Southend On Sea, Essex. 

SMYCA provides good education, outstanding accommodation, positive activities which further personal, social, cultural and moral development and health and wellbeing services. 


We work with children, young people and families.

Our Mission Statement:

Our organisation aims to "stand in the gap" through delivering safe and effective services which address the needs and aspirations of children and young people and helps to transform their lives.

This means that as adults they are in employment, have a decent home, a living wage, good health, emotional wellbeing and can sustain family and community life.

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Our Overarching Aim:

 To be an innovative, resilient and sustainable young people’s charity delivering social value

Former Mayor of Southend On Sea, Cllr Judith MacMahon & Southend YMCA CEO Syrie Cox.

(Image courtesy of the Evening Echo)

Southend YMCA became the Mayor's Charity for 2016-17: The Worshipful, The Mayor of Southend Councillor Judith McMahon stating: 

"They stand alongside children and young people…help them to dream their dreams and enable them to walk into their destiny. 


Southend benefits, as these young citizens find a pathway into the centre of society, rather than teeter on the edge. And its not just that they do it, it’s the way that it’s done that counts. They are a creative vibrant innovative organisation, motivated and motivating, full of joy. 

They innovate, they create opportunities that challenge and enhance and build up. They have brought the best of the past to create a future.


Impossible does not figure into their equations."

Visit Us:

 (Head Office) Southend YMCA,


85 Ambleside Drive,

Southend On Sea, SS1 2FY

Visit Us:

Southend YMCA

Business Eco-Hub

2a St John's Road,

Westcliff On Sea, SS0 7JZ

Contact Us:

01702 301 301

Together, we can end youth homelessness in Southend.

Southend's Leading Children's Charity - Southend-on-Sea Young Men’s Christian Association (Southend YMCA) Registered Charity Number: 1102837 (registered in England); Limited Liability Company number 5051166;  Non-profit, private registered provider of social housing: Number 4853