Free  and low-cost activities for young people

YMCA Walthamstow’s Youth Service has a range of activities for young people, of all ages and abilities. If you are between 11–21 years of age then this is the service for you. We believe that all young people deserve the best possible start in life, to be inspired, and to reach their full potential. Our Youth Service programmes and activities aim to achieve this by providing opportunities and support for young people.

If you are interested in hanging out in a safe place, meeting new people, and taking part in a wide range of activities – then why not join us on Facebook and Instagram. We are constantly revising our activities to ensure that we have something for everyone.

Check out our new Digital Youth Centre

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In light of the recent announcement by the government and the guidance set out by Basketball England we have had to suspend the planned basketball sessions until further notice.

Some centre-based sessions are now running, with youth workers available on site.

See the timetable below.

Youth Activities for this week 28 September

Update on our closure & what we will still be offering 

  • The reopening of basketball has been postponed until further notice
  • Music sessions are now running every Thursday
  • New Games Room sessions will run on Tuesdays and Fridays (1st Session Friday 5 October)
  • More information on times and how to book see below)
  • Follow us on Instagram @youth_ymcawalthamstow

We will still be offering some digital and online services via social media and other platforms.


Monday: Quote of the week & posts about Services currently on

Tuesday: Multimedia highlight upcoming (youth team will be on site for any who have questions)

Wednesday: Informative apps & upcoming opportunities for young people

Thursday: Music Session at YMCA Walthamstow

Friday: End of week quote (youth team will be on site for any who have questions)

Quote of the week:

“I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.” 

– Ray Charles


YMCA Walthamstow Youth Team

Random Lifehacks of the Week!

  1. The taste and smell of gum you chewed while studying will help your brain remember information if you chew the same gum during a test.
  2. Put a marshmallow in the bottom of your ice cream cone to prevent leakage
  3. Use a sticky note to clean between your keys (hint: use the sticky side).
  4. Using a smaller plate can trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more to help stop over-eating

Activities Timetable

Age Range
Music Sessions
4.30 pm - 6.30 pm
11 - 21 yrs

These sessions start on Thursday 17 September

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Music Session

We have all the tools and knowledge to help your music dreams, whether you want to pick up an instrument or you want to make a hit song. Our session is a chill environment where you can work on a project with quality equipment, learn a new skill, or just hang around with friends. Did I mention we have video games…

The music session is every Thursday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm  for ages 11 to 21,

And it is absolutely free.

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For more information contact us

Youth Team
YMCA Walthamstow
642 Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 3EF | T 020 8509 4600 |

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