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Welcome to YMCA London South West

YMCA London South West is a charitable organisation that has served the local community since 1874. Over the years we’ve moved buildings and changed our name but we’ve always strived to achieve our vision of being “a Christian charity where people can come as they are; be met at their point of need and come to know life in all its fullness”.

We work from five main centres:

We provide a range of services: AccommodationHealth and WellbeingFamily and Children’s WorkTraining and Education and Support and Advice.

We are the largest provider of housing for the homeless in South West London and last year we helped and housed over 500 people, many as young as 16 years old. As well as providing accommodation, we run a number of extra programmes, activities and courses that make a real difference to people in the local community.


A message from CEO, Richard James

Summer sunshine always lifts my spirits and makes everything seem more positive. Summer is also a busy time at the YMCA, including Hampton Pool seeing thousands every day and our children’s summer activities being packed with children having fun (including at our new Forest School).

What is interesting for us at this time of year is that as well as programmes and activities changing, so does our staff.

As we see regular staff heading off on their holidays or even onto new jobs we welcome a whole new batch of seasonal workers. It’s great to see these (often young) workers bring a whole new energy to our centres.

In closing though I wanted to pass on two particular thanks. Andy Redfearn has worked for the YMCA for 12 years and been the YMCA Wimbledon Centre Manger, Director of Development and latterly Director of Housing and Development. During this time he has played a key part in the innovation that is Y:Cube. We wish Andy all the best as he takes his knowledge and experience into a role as a consultant.

Also stepping down (but staying with us) is Helen Jones as Chair of the Board. Helen has been Chair since 2011 and has been a great support for me as well as Champion of the Association’s work. Helen stays as a Board member.