Staff wellbeing and workplace benefits

At YMCA Newark and Sherwood, we care deeply about the wellbeing of every staff member and work hard to ensure we are offering the best workplace benefits that will most positively impact the morale and mental health of our team.


As an approved ‘Mindful Employer’, we have built a varied programme of staff perks so that our employees can enjoy a rounded package of benefits ranging from gym memberships and mental health support to discounted childcare services and personal development opportunities.

When you become part of YMCA Newark and Sherwood, you gain access to the broad range of employee benefits outlined below – some of which are subject to successfully passing your probation period, whilst others can be accessed from day one.

Benefits include:

Contractual entitlements 

  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Auto-enrolment into our pension scheme with Royal London
  • Occupational sick pay that rises in line with length of service
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Subsidised childcare at YMCA Day Camps
  • Regular supervision and 121 support from your Manager
  • Cash-back Health Scheme with Westfield
  • Travel allowance

Gym membership

  • Core membership at our YMCA Gym in Nottingham city centre
  • Subsidised YMCA Gym 1871 membership (reduced price for employees)
  • Free staff fitness MOTs at YMCA Gym

Learning and development opportunities

  • Wide range of training and development opportunities
  • Training loans
  • Volunteer days (one day a year paid volunteer leave)
  • Chance to work-shadow across the organisation

…And even more benefits once you are confirmed in post, including:

  • Green travel loan
  • Membership of Westfield Health Cash-back plan or financial support towards travel, childcare or gym membership costs

Staff Wellbeing programme

As an approved ‘Mindful Employer’, YMCA Newark and Sherwood works alongside our parent charity, Nottinghamshire YMCA, to support the wellbeing of our staff members both in and out of the workplace.

We are signed up to the Mindful Employer Charter, which means we are supportive of people living with and/or experiencing mental health issues. We recognise the importance of a good work-life balance and genuinely care for our team members.

Our wellbeing programme includes access to:

  • One volunteer day per year
  • Employee Recognition Awards
  • Free wellbeing seminars
  • Workplace Chaplain
  • Smoke cessation support
  • Free access to Student Counsellors (subject to availability)
  • Staff away days and trips
  • Free hot drinks and machine-filtered drinking water at all sites
  • Events such as Aromatherapy workshops and wellbeing walks
  • A pool of qualified Mental Health Champions
  • Range of training on wellbeing initiatives such as Sleep and Emotional Resilience
To find out more about our wellbeing initiatives, please feel welcome to contact our HR team on