YMCA Reading

Our Work


YMCA Reading is a registered charity which has been active in Reading since 1846. It is one of the oldest YMCAs in the world.

Our aim is to empower young people and build stronger communities. Here at YMCA Reading we do everything we can to bring young people together, give them opportunities to try new things, and integrate with the local community.

Our primary service is to provide quality supported accommodation to 40 of Reading’s most vulnerable 16-25 year olds who would otherwise be homeless.

We also offer alternative learning in our Workshop to young people who have difficulties in a traditional classroom environment.

We are very proud to run the Parkside Pre-School and Parkside Café, providing vital resources for the local community and families.

Our Work

In addition, we run the YMCA Reading Sports Centre and the Padworth Outdoor Activity Centre. Both are used by a variety of sport and social groups for a wide range of activities. All of our venues are available for private hire.

YMCA is celebrating its 175th anniversary globally in 2019, and we are proud to be taking part in those celebrations.

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Our Work

Our Facilities


Join us for a range of social, fitness, and community activities in our different facilities.

Do you need Help?

Our housing is accessed by referral from Reading Borough Council Housing Advice Service or Brighter Futures for Children.

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