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