Christmas EP 2016

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Do you want to make a difference to vulnerable young people this Christmas?

Southend YMCA staff and young people have been hard at work, collaborating to produce a Christmas CD and download to be sold as a fundraiser for the charity. It costs just £5.

There are fourhigh st cd pic tracks on this EP, each one featuring young people from different groups in the town. The first track is the Southend YMCA Choir's original take on 'Away in a Manger' called 'No Crib for a Bed', with their own contemporary lyrics and an edgier rock sound. For the second track, Romi Neale, star student of the SYMCA Music Studio, sings an acoustic version of a song written by her father Steven Neale called 'Alone'. Track three, David Stanley's The Music Man Project, sings the Christmas classic 'Jingle Bells'. For a heart-warming closing number, the children of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School sing a rendition of 'Go Tell It on the Mountain'.

Syrie Cox, CEO of Southend YMCA, has been working with her team Sacha Edwards and the SYMCA music studio staff, to create this exciting debut EP as a fundraiser for the charity. 'If you buy a copy of our Christmas CD' Syrie explains, 'you will be helping us to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable young people in the Southend area. 'Away in a Manger' is one of the world's most famous Christmas Carols; young people from SYMCA have reinvented the lyrics to call to mind the suffering of children around the world and in our home town.

photo of musiciansSouthend YMCA is a children's charity which seeks to stand in the gap by providing services which help young people to build their future. SYMCA provides a safe home with bed for between 60 to 70 young people every year and as well as this, SYMCA provides education, positive activities, mentoring, counselling, information and advice and guidance for around 1600 children and young people each year.

All tracks were recorded by the talented team of musicians and technicians at the SYMCA Music Studio. The studio offers free music making for young people who would otherwise struggle to gain access to quality music making activities. This has been made possible by the support of the charity Youth Music. Tracks were mastered by John Hannon of No Recording Studios.

Southend YMCA have been chosen as the Southend Mayor's Charity this year and there will be many exciting events around the town where you could pick up a copy of the CD or buy a download code for your digital copy. You can find these events listed here

There are 3 ways to purchase this;

  • Download tracks at
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  • Order form to buy CD and return to; SYMCA, Newlands, 85 Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2FY

Contact Details Syrie Cox Southend YMCA CEO, Alex Milne Manager of SMYCA Music Studio and Sacha Edwards Manager of Southend YMCA Youth Space Project are all available for radio and press interviews on this number 01702 301301.

TO SUPPORT OUR WORK TEXT DONATE £5, £10, £20 to 70070

Light up a Child's Life this Christmas

This Christmas Southend resident Edward Lynch is8e85bb04-5cb7-4727-874f-5faa12f04041 covering his bungalow in over 6,000 LED Christmas lights in aid of charity! The chosen charity for this year is the Southend YMCA who help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

All money raised will go directly to the Southend YMCA, so please feel the Christmas spirit spreading this year and donate to this great cause, all amounts of money will be greatly received.

If you would like to come and see the lights for yourself the address is :

68 Poyning Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.

All the staff at the Southend YMCA would like to say a massive thank you to Edward and all of his supporters!




Southend YMCA Yellow Advertiser Feature

Last week the Yellow Advertiser YAran a great front page feature of Southend YMCA. Stephen Neal, News Editor for the Yellow Advertiser who attended our launch event was extremely impressed with the event and the work we do at the YMCA. We look forward to working closely with this independent family-owned newspaper in the future.

"More than 200 VIPs and special guests attended the ceremony at Barclays Bank, Southend High Street, on Wednesday. Mayor Judith McMahon said: “Southend YMCA is like a diamond. A very precious thing.” The charity has worked for young people in south Essex since 1897, providing education, housing, training and recreational activities."

Also attending was Southend MP James Duddridge, who said: “I urge everyone to do more for the YMCA. Be inspired by these inspirational people.”

The full article can be read HERE

Youth Exchange - Bullying Advice

Young people taking part in our Youth Exchange project produced the below leaflet to give help and adivce to other young people on bullying.  More information about our Youth Exchnage project can be found HERE.

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Southend YMCA Announced as The Mayor's Charity

Southend YMCA is honoured to mayorhave been chosen as the Mayor's Charity for 2016-17 . In her Mayoral acceptance speech Cllr Judith McMahon said

"My Charity will be Southend YMCA a Christian Association, who stand alongside children and young people - they help them to dream their dreams and enable them to walk into their destiny. Every citizen in Southend benefits, as young citizens find a pathway into the centre of society.

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. They have created accommodation, education and support for children and young people, love is their motivation, and impossible does not figure in their equations".

During the Mayoral year there will be many number opportunities to support the vital work of Southend YMCA . Whether you would like to attend or organize a fundraising event, donate money or give your time to serve as a volunteer in the charity we would love to hear from you and welcome your support. Together we can create an even greater impact for children in need .

In the first instant please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To donate please CLICK HERE

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Southend YMCA is registered as a charity under No 1102837 and is registered as a company in England under No. 5051166.
Southend YMCA is an independent Southend based charity that is affliated to the national and global YMCA movement, supporting children and young people.
Head office: Southend YMCA, Newlands, 85 Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2FY

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