Welcome to the YMCA
Guildford YMCA has a long history in the town, and for 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 based at Plantation in Market Street have further developed the 'YMCA effect' on local young people.
And here's our official information from the Charity Commission website.
Our Capital Appeal is raising £430,000 to improve and extend our facilities for young people. The amount donated and pledged to date* is
* last update 04.12.13
** total includes Gift Aid where applicable and grant of £50,000 awarded by The Henry Smith Charity. Also includes £16,433 raised through Showtime! Excludes £100,000 pledged from Guildford YMCA reserves.
What's new at Guildford YMCA?
Are you planning a Christmas party or celebration meal? Download our new Christmas menu and book a date soon. Latest feedback from SVAG and Surrey View Christmas Lunch - "Dear Tom, if you were within earshot yesterday afternoon, I bet you well may have heard the lively chatter and much laughter from our Christmas lunch. The patient and very attentive staff could not have been out classed by Michelin star rated staff. The food was excellent and I wouldn't be surprised if the group may want to return next Christmas. On behalf of all of us, please may I wish everyone at Guildford YMCA a very happy and healthy Christmas and 2014." Jonathan Fisher
Are you looking for a voluntering opportunity over Christmas? We have a couple of situations where volunteers could really make a difference. Could you help to man our Reception desk between 10.30 and 2.30 on Christmas Day? (The building will be fairly empty so it shouldn't be too challenging!) Or maybe help with preparing the evening buffet and clearing up afterwards would suit you better? And on Boxing Day having some extra pairs of hands around to help generally would be very much appreciated. If you would like to express an interest please contact our Supported Housing Manager Trevor Denman on 01483 532555 ext 523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Very disappointed (an understatement!) to report yet another burglary of Plantation Trading's garden machinery - the third in three years. Read more...
Time to announce the venue for the 2014 Sleep£asy Sleepout - Watts Gallery! Some of our residents take part in Street Level Art at the Gallery once a month. And interestingly George Frederic Watts was born only a couple of years before the founder of the YMCA movement, George Williams - they could have known of each other! For more about the Sleepout click here.
We're delighted that we have found a keen runner to use our Silver Bond place in the 2014 London Marathon. Leanne Wall is an ecologist working at Thomson Ecology Ltd on the Surrey Research Park. She hasn't undertaken a full marathon before so it's quite a challenge for her, but she is very enthusiastic. Watch this space for news of her progress with training and fundraising.
Building work continues to create a new youth venue within the Bridge Street hostel. There is some noise and disturbance and we sincerely apologise to visitors and guests for any inconvenience. But we live in exciting times! Read more here...
Showtime took place at G Live on Sunday 13 October - a brilliant, quality evening was enjoyed by all! Our particular thanks go to Jonathan Veira and the Swingle Singers, along with Mark Edwards and his Jazz Quartet, and local talent from GSA and the Rock Choir. It was a great mix of musical entertainment with a strong sense of being among many friends.
And we are delighted to announce the evening raised a magnificent
- all in aid of creating a new youth venue for Guildford's young people. Our deepest thanks to Tony Hennessey-Brown, Jonathan Veira, our sponsors and all those that gave the event their support.
Staying at the YMCA
Did you know that there are 118 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 the last couple of years we have been refurbishing many of our hostel bedrooms to install en suite facilities and upgrade the fittings. This ongoing improvement of accommodation further enhances the 4 stars already awarded to the hostel by VisitBritain. Rooms can be booked by calling 01483 532555.
Within minutes of the railway and bus stations, and Guildford town centre, where better to stay?
Make a Booking enquiry here
""The room in YMCA is worthy of praise, sitting in the centre of Guildford. It's really convenient for travel and shopping."
"Very comfortable. Friendly, helpful atmosphere. Thank you!"
"Very positive. The staff were helpful, friendly and pleasant at all times, making one feel welcome. Good room - I was lucky to have a splendid view, and the meals, breakfast in particular, were very good. I'll be back!"
"Comfortable stay in an ideal location. Staff very pleasant, helpful and friendly. Youthful atmosphere!"
Do visit our webpage featuring local attractions. Whether you live in Guildford or are visiting us soon, we hope this will help to make your stay more interesting.
Guildford YMCA Newsletter - Summer 2013
Here is our summer newsletter - with news of innovative new projects that offer an alternative curriculum to Year 9 students who are struggling with their education. Our winter newsletter is being printed - coming here soon!!
We also produced a booklet for our Prayer Week that can be downloaded here and used through the year. We need prayer! If you would lke to receive a monthly email of further items for prayer please let us know here.
Help Support Life Change
Guildford YMCA 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.