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.
The latest development (as of 1 April 2014) is the merger between the former Guildford and Sussex Central YMCAs to form the new 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. Look out for a new cycling event, the Tour de Y, in September which which will highlight the route of the Downs Link.
What's new at YMCA Guildford?
Our 50th Prince's Trust Team is running in Guildford. This 12 week challenging self development course is ideal for anyone aged 16-24 looking for direction in life. New courses will start in the autumn in Guildford,Woking, Reigate and Crawley. Call Patrick on 07730 217051 to find out more.
Do you have an unwanted bike? Our Bike Project is seeking cycles for refurbishment by young people. Bikes can be in any condition – those in a terrible state can always be broken down for parts. We are happy to come and collect the bikes from almost anywhere. Call Sam on 07887 802679 or email Sam.Clifford@ymcadlg.org
Staff and visitors in Guildford were treated to a special dance show preview recently when hostel resident Lauren Parson-Smith brought her BTEC Diploma dance class known as Guildford Dance from Guildford College on a ‘mini’ tour. The 19-year-old, who has been with supported housing for two years, joined fellow students to showcase two dances from their end of course performance ‘Future Moves’ which will be held at the Electric Theatre in July. (See the press release below)
On Sunday 21 September theYMCA's own cycling event, the Tour De Y will follow the Downs Link route to raise money and awareness of our work. It’s an easy path – fairly flat but for those who can’t manage the whole way there are half-route options. For more details including entry, sponsorship forms and volunteering contact Adriana.Barnes@ymcadlg.org
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 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?
"I wasn't really sure what to expect having never stayed in a YMCA before but I was pleasantly surprised and will certainly consider staying here again."
"Comfortable physically and mentally! I felt at ease here, like being at home but having a holiday. Convenient to railway station and town - no stress! This is my 2nd stay - on holiday from Australia."
"The stay here was very nice, the people were friendly and helped me. The room was really neat and clean and and I would love to stay here again."
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.
YMCA prayer booklet
We 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
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.