Channel 4's Undercover Boss filmed at Southend YMCA

Syrie Cox - chief executive of Southend YMCA

Syrie Cox - chief executive of Southend YMCA

First published in News

A charity that helps vulnerable young people on the streets of Southend will be on television tonight.

Southend YMCA will feature on the Channel 4 show Undercover Boss at 9pm tonight.

Bims Alalade, a personnel director from the charity’s national head office, was filmed undercover volunteering with the SOS bus in Southend High Street, which supports people worse for wear on nights out on Friday and Saturday, earlier this year.

She shadowed team leader Chris Thomas and other volunteers helping unwell revellers.

Syrie Cox, chief executive of Southend YMCA, who has seen an early version of the show, said: “Hopefully it will showcase the good work we do.

“I was very pleased with the film. I was pleased with how our work is portrayed.

“I hope it will highlight the work we do to a wider audience.

“I feel proud of the team. They provide an excellent service and the film shows that.”

Southend YMCA operates sheltered flats for young people at risk of homelessness in Ambleside Drive, Southchurch, a free school for vulnerable teenagers in East Street, Southend, and is renovating flats in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, for young people without a strong tenancy record some private landlords demand as well as the SOS Bus.

For more about the charity, visit www.southendymca .org.uk

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8:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

On the American version they do the Chicago Cubs (baseballs version of Man U or Arsenal), Twin Peaks & hooters (more or less strip clubs) , NASCAR (Formula 1), Subway etc...

In the UK they do YMCA in southend ?

Long way to go to catch up....
On the American version they do the Chicago Cubs (baseballs version of Man U or Arsenal), Twin Peaks & hooters (more or less strip clubs) , NASCAR (Formula 1), Subway etc... In the UK they do YMCA in southend ? Long way to go to catch up.... supermadmax
  • Score: 5

9:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Fab man says...

supermadmax wrote:
On the American version they do the Chicago Cubs (baseballs version of Man U or Arsenal), Twin Peaks & hooters (more or less strip clubs) , NASCAR (Formula 1), Subway etc...

In the UK they do YMCA in southend ?

Long way to go to catch up....
I imagine if they did a big company in the UK the boss will soon realise how badly most of them are run. In all fairness its usually the boss themselves who are to blame since they give idiotic directives because they simply don't understand whats going on on the front line. This should be a standard procedure in medium - large businesses.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: On the American version they do the Chicago Cubs (baseballs version of Man U or Arsenal), Twin Peaks & hooters (more or less strip clubs) , NASCAR (Formula 1), Subway etc... In the UK they do YMCA in southend ? Long way to go to catch up....[/p][/quote]I imagine if they did a big company in the UK the boss will soon realise how badly most of them are run. In all fairness its usually the boss themselves who are to blame since they give idiotic directives because they simply don't understand whats going on on the front line. This should be a standard procedure in medium - large businesses. Fab man
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Marshmonkey says...

Not sure that Channel 4 care too much as it is their programme that they sold onto other countries including the U.S though the Y.M.C.A is a huge organisation worldwide a lot bigger than some you mentioned as are other that have featured previously such as Npower.
Not sure that Channel 4 care too much as it is their programme that they sold onto other countries including the U.S though the Y.M.C.A is a huge organisation worldwide a lot bigger than some you mentioned as are other that have featured previously such as Npower. Marshmonkey
  • Score: -1

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