City YMCA London
About City YMCA London
City YMCA London is an independent charity affiliated to the global YMCA movement that was founded in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral in 1844. Our work is based on the ethos of the international movement and we work across some of London's most deprived boroughs of Islington, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.
We passionately believe that every young person should have the opportunity to build a future of their own choosing. Over the past forty five years we have helped 30,000 isolated, homeless young people struggling with family breakdown, school exclusion, poor mental health and drug and alcohol problems. From emergency beds through to supported longer-term accommodation our accommodation occupancy currently runs at over 98%, a stark demonstration of the need for this provision.
Over the last five years we have intensively supported over 750 young homeless Londoners between the ages of 16 to 25 through our supported accommodation service. We provide a much needed safe and secure place to live, giving young people back confidence and allowing them to create their own future. We offer a two-year move on programme to develop the skills needed for independent living. We offer dedicated project workers to offer information, guidance, support and sign posting on all aspects of housing and homelessness.
Our gym in the former Barbican Fann Street Home, supported the health needs of around 3,00 young residents and members of the local community.
We have also supported 2,500 young people through our detached programme of interventions and our student hostel giving a foothold into London.
In 2017 we opened a new 87 bed hostel in Hackney providing 16 to 25 year olds supported accommodation, the first such provision in Hackney.