“The best thing about living here is you have your own space”

Posted by & filed under Our News.

Joanna lives at YMCA Hayes and loves having her own space, her own room.

After being kicked out of her family home by her mum’s boyfriend and spending months living in her cousin’s shed, Joanna, aged 25, was desperate for her own space and a permanent home. A home where she could relax and feel safe. That’s when she came to YMCA Hayes in September last year. “The best…

How we support young people at YMCA Britwell, Slough

Posted by & filed under Our News.

YMCA Britwell

YMCA Phoenix House Britwell is a homely 10 bed semi-independent service for young people aged 16-25 and leaving care. The service is located in a leafy residential area of Britwell, on the border of Burnham.  All of the accommodation units are fully furnished and residents have access to shared facilities such as a kitchen, computer,…

Sexual health advice and support for young people

Posted by & filed under Our News.

ymca counseling staff young man horizontal 5 - Sexual health advice and support for young people

At YMCA St Paul’s Group we believe that every young person should have someone they can trust. Everyone should enjoy the benefits of good health and wellbeing. Francesca Thomas is the Sexual Health Advisor at YMCA Walthamstow in East London. Her work in the borough is not only to educate young people about sex, but…

Merton Winter Night Shelter helps rough sleepers through the coldest months

Posted by & filed under Our News.

Merton Winter Night Shelter provides respite for around 35 rough sleepers each winter at multi-faith venues around the borough.

The Merton Night Shelter has been running for eight years now at faith venues across Merton borough, serving homeless people over the coldest months. Run as a partner project of the  YMCA St Paul’s Group, it’s supported by the Wimbledon Foundation and Merton Council. YMCA Project Coordinator Nicki Zisman allocates 14 places at the Merton…

Karate at YMCA Hawker in Kingston

Posted by & filed under Our News.

karate at YMCA Hawker

Karate at YMCA Hawker in Kingston is suitable for all ages and abilities with an incredible team of coaches, led by Sensei Satinder Sehra who runs Kahlsa Karate. It’s one of the top 10 karate associations in the country and squad members compete regularly in the UK and Europe. With around 400 students attending each…

 “Living in a mYPad is affordable – and makes sense for me”

Posted by & filed under Our News.

Nastaya lives in mYPAD accommodation at YMCA Walthamstow

Finding affordable move-on accommodation in London is often difficult for our residents because it is so expensive but a mYPad provides an affordable solution. As residents begin to work full time and get back on their feet they need to be supported after they move out. The mYPad housing scheme onsite at YMCA Walthamstow offers…

Our Rough Sleeper Project gets people – and their dogs – off the streets

Posted by & filed under Our News.

Our Rough Sleeper Project at YMCA Walthamstow houses rough sleepers in Waltham Forest Borough as part of the latest government initiative to reduce homeless people on the street.

YMCA Walthamstow’s Rough Sleeper Project provides short-term accommodation for three months to help rough sleepers get off the streets. The project is funded through the Government’s new Rough Sleeper Initiative. At YMCA Walthamstow, there are 15 rooms for rough sleepers, along with their dogs. “Our bedsits are dog friendly and the Dogs’ Trust has kindly partnered with us to provide…

“I got back on my feet and began finding employment”

Posted by & filed under Our News.

Betina, 24, attended a Get On Track programme as she set about building her confidence in finding employment.

Betina Ebondo Calho, aged 24, is a former resident of YMCA South Ealing. “I lived at the YMCA hostel in South Ealing for three years while I got back on my feet. I’ve now moved and living in private rented accommodation.” Finding employment Betina received marketing training and a certificate in her native France, and would like…

Living at the hostel in Hayes

Posted by & filed under Our News.

YMCA Hayes is a hostel in Hayes, West London

Zahna, aged 19,  has been living at YMCA Hayes since April 2017, after being referred to the Hayes hostel from her local authority in Hackney, East London. Her relationship with her family had broken down and she had nowhere to live. In July 2018 Zahna had a baby and is living in family accommodation at…