I Will Southend is a two year project for young people aged 10-20, helping them to develop the skills and confidence to build stronger communities and help tackle difficult transitions and loneliness.

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What is #iwill?

#iwill Southend provides the opportunity for young people to deliver social action projects, support for others and support they may need to combat loneliness.

Find out more about the three main offers and contact the form below to express your interest in taking part.


#iwill Group Projects

Through these projects, young people gain the experience and develop skills for their own benefit and for the people and communities around them.

#iwill Peer Mentoring

You can also become a Peer Mentor through #iwill, learning key skills through dedicated training, empowered to reduce loneliness amongst their friends, family and nearby communities.

#iwill Mentoring for Young People

#iwill also helps individuals through mentoring for 10 to 20 year olds. Peer mentors provide a positive and supportive person they can talk to andget the help they need.

If you're looking to take part in a group project or receive mentoring, you must be aged between 10 to 20 years of age.

Peer mentors must be 14 to 20 years of age. Please use the form to express your interest.

Contact us about taking part

Happy. Sad. Tired. Lonely. Angry. Anxious. Romantic. Calm. Energetic. Bored. Surprised. Scared. Excited.

We will all experience loneliness at some point in our lives but research shows most of us won’t talk about it, worried that we will be judged.

We need to change this.


Loneliness is one of many emotions that comes with being human. It’s time we started talking about it.




November 22, 2019

Thanks again to you all for coming & supporting our young people & helping to make the evening such a success.

January 23, 2019

Project funded through the #iwill Fund, delivered by Co-op Foundation.

Southend YMCA will launch an exciting new initiative which will deliver 16 social action projects, thanks to a £70,000 grant from the #iwill Fund, I Will Southend.

The #iwill Fund is a £40 million joint investment from the Big Lottery Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people...

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 (Head Office) Southend YMCA,


85 Ambleside Drive,

Southend On Sea, SS1 2FY

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Southend YMCA

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Westcliff On Sea, SS0 7JZ

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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