Welcome to the YMCA
YMCA Guildford has a long history in the town, and for more than 20 years has provided safe housing for young people in the Bridge Street hostel along with bed and breakfast accommodation, conferencing and restaurant facilities. Youth work projects previously based at Plantation in Market Street have now moved into the new youth venue, The Basement, thanks to the remarkable financial support of many local people.
We are now part of YMCA DownsLink Group. This new organisation has a spread across areas of Surrey and Sussex and the name is derived from the Downs Link that runs from Guildford through Horsham down to the south coast at Shoreham.
What's new at YMCA Guildford?
Three brave people slept out in Guildford Castle grounds for us - including Pete Brayne who notched up his 7th Sleepout! And remarkably to date around £5,000 has been raised in sponsorship by these three people. Thank you to all those who have supported them and contributed so generously.
We recently enjoyed an all DLG staff event in Horsham celebrating the end of our first year as a merged organisation. A feature of the evening were the staff awards - for best large team, small team, employee of the year etc etc. The Youthwork Department at Bridge Street got a special mention, well done!
The end of March saw the departure into retirement for Terri Colley, our Hostel and Conferencing Manager. Though sad to see her go, Terri has plenty of plans for her retirement and we wish her well.
Staying at the YMCA
Did you know that there are 112 bedrooms at our Bridge Street hostel? And although 'YMCA' stands for Young Men's Christian Association you don't have to be young, male or even have a faith to stay here.
Over recent years many of our hostel bedrooms have been refurbished to include en suite facilities and upgraded fittings. This ongoing improvement of accommodation further enhances the 4 stars already awarded to the hostel by VisitEngland. Rooms can be booked by calling 01483 532555.
Within minutes of the railway and bus stations, and Guildford town centre, where better to stay?
"Peaceful and great quality, well placed in Guildford. I'll recommend this place."
"Very relaxing and comfortable."
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YMCA Guildford aims to serve the local community, in particular young people, by providing a caring environment, building relationships and encouraging the development and personal growth of the individual. Projects include counselling, working with young people who have been excluded from school, social enterprise schemes, and providing housing.