We are committed to the wellbeing of the communities we serve through building inclusive, supportive and energising communities.

We provide a range of activities and services that cater for a wide range of people of all ages and walks of life to nurture wellbeing in body, mind and spirit in Waltham Forest, to tackle health inequalities and develop social enterprise activities to support the charitable work of YMCA Walthamstow (East London). Community Services are involved in developing a range of day to day and seasonal activities in our new Health and Wellbeing Centre, providing facilities for hire and developing links with the wider community. Most of these activities take place in our Health & Wellbeing Centre or Community Cafe on Forest Road opposite the Town Hall.

Look out for upcoming Christmas events. These normally involve Christmas craft sessions, and an annual sing along Carols and mulled wine* event (*non- alcoholic).


Conversation Café – Mondays (except Bank Holidays), 11.30am-1.30pm, in the YMCA Café

Feeling lonely or want to connect with others? Come and join us on Mondays. We are a friendly, welcoming bunch with all sorts of activities to get involved in while you chat and meet new friends. There are board games, arts and crafts, or some folks prefer to have a go at crochet, knitting, or simple sewing projects. Refreshments/ lunch are available to purchase and there is soft play if you want to bring your little ones.  Open to all and supported by NELFT and Local Area Co-ordination.

Walking Group – Mondays (except Bank Holidays), meet at the YMCA Café @ 1.30pm

Stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air! Join us for a gentle walk around our local area taking in the sights and chatting along the way. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Please bring oyster card or other travel cards, water and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather conditions come rain or shine!

Wellbeing Days, (formerly Wellbeing Wednesdays)

Upcoming Events:

Be part of our Wellbeing Days… Our Wellbeing events are all about living well, and making positive choices. YMCA often puts the spotlight on a particular health or lifestyle topic or campaign and invites different services to join us, from Healthwatch WF, Change, Grow, Live (formerly Lifeline WF), Carers First, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, NHS Stop Smoking Service, Positive East, WF Public Health and local NHS services

If you can offer a Wellbeing Service, information or interactivity activity please contact Kat to find out how you can get involved at communityservices@ymcaeastlondon.org.uk

Look out for more info about our next event in November. Details to follow

Link 4 Coffee – 1st Wednesday of the Month, 10.00am – 12.00pm

We host the local Link 4 Growth Community and Business Networking Event each month in our café. Free to attend, just buy your own refreshments and feel free to stay for lunch.

Disability Snooker Club – Every Wednesday, 4.30-6.30pm

Come along to a new snooker club for health and friendship through sport.

The club is organised and funded by Motivate East and YMCA, supported by the WDBS. Open to all. Refreshments provided. For more info contact 020 8509 4622

Carers Drop In – 1st Thursday of the Month, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Come have a cuppa in the YMCA café with support workers and meet other carers from Carers First. Open to all carers, particularly new carers.

Why not come along to the YMCA walking group. A support worker from Carers First attends on the 1st Monday of the month. If you have accessibility needs please let us know so we can do our best to accommodate you. Many walks are wheelchair friendly and suitable for most abilities.

Falls Prevention Classes – Friday afternoons at YMCA.

WF Falls Prevention Team, run classes combining exercise and education to reduce the risk of falls, trips and slips within the community. Find out more or easily refer yourself if you have had falls recently or struggle with poor balance and mobility or fear of falling by calling 0300 3001558 or email nem-tr.wffallsteam@nhs.net

Specialist Adult Weight Management Service –

YMCA Walthamstow will be hosting a specialist adult weight management service provided by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  The service is designed to help Waltham Forest residents who would like support with managing their weight and associated health conditions.  If you are over 18, are resident in Waltham Forest, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that meets the service’s criteria, your GP or practice nurse can refer you to the service.  The service is free of charge for patients entitled to NHS care.

The programme aims to help you take back control of your health, build your confidence and achieve your goals for a healthier life. It can also help sign post you to many accessible services to support you in your local community.

Weight management service is based around four key dimensions:

  • HEALTHY EATING – helping you develop eating habits for a healthier life
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – specially designed programmes to make activity safe and fun
  • WEIGHT MANAGEMENT – personalised action plan to achieve your weight goals
  • MOTIVATIONAL SUPPORT – working alongside you to help make changes to your lifestyle

The initial 12 week programme includes a variety of classes, learning and activities.

After the first 12 weeks, the weight management team provides support on a monthly basis for a full year to help achieve your long term goals.

For more information, or to request a referral, please speak to your GP about the service.

YMCA Faith Support

YMCA provides a non- judgemental space to discuss, explore, pray worship and generally unpack life’s journey from a supportive Christian perspective. Open to people from all faiths and none.

  • “Thinking Faith” discussion group on Thursdays for residents and staff. Contact community services for more info.
  • FREE Bibles* and YMCA prayer booklets available on request
  • Opportunities for Pastoral and Prayer support

* Bibles provided by Gideons International.

Activities and Prayer around Easter, Christmas and other festivals, including the annual World YMCA, YWCA Week of Prayer each November.

Other Activities at YMCA Walthamstow

We also provide a range of other activities:

More Information

For more information please email communityservices@ymcaeastlondon.org.uk or phone 0208 509 4600 and ask to speak to ‘Community Services’. Keep an eye on Facebook and twitter for our latest updates!

Contact us

YMCA Walthamstow
642 Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 3EF | T 020 8509 4600 | E info@ymcaeastlondon.org.uk