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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 four main centres: YMCA HawkerYMCA Surbiton;YMCA Wimbledon and Hampton Pool, providing a range of services including 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.

Sleep Easy 2015

Take the challenge – Sleep out and help us raise money to end homelessness in the local community!

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Join the Sleep Easy Fundraising Challenge, YMCA LSW’s biggest fundraising event of the year on Friday 6th March 2015.

There will be two events taking place at the Holy Trinity Church in Wimbledon and in the Memorial Gardens in Kingston upon Thames.

By ‘sleeping rough’ for one night, you will get a feel of how it is to live on the streets, but in a safe and organised environment.
This year we will be raising funds towards Merton Winter Night Shelter, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness and The Everyday Church.

Sign up here!

 

 

A message from CEO, Richard James

The first time I slept out under the stars at Sleep Easy was wonderful. I had a newborn baby who wasn’t sleeping well and as such bedding down in a cardboard box in the centre of Kingston ended up being the best night of sleep I had for weeks!

The third time I slept out was the opposite; it started raining at 3pm that afternoon and continued until 6am the next morning. Having traipsed through the mud to my pitch I covered myself up in bin bags and a tarpaulin (or so I thought) but was shocked into consciousness around 3am as I rolled over in my sleep and realised a massive puddle which had gathered on my shelter and made its way into my sleeping bag!

For me sleeping out has been an adventure, something I do to raise money for the YMCA to support local homeless people. For many others however, sleeping out is not an option, not something they can return home from. That’s why I hope that you will consider joining us, sleeping rough on 6th – 7th March, so others don’t have to.

I can definitely recommend it, but I can’t guarantee the weather. That said, whatever happens I do promise you will get a fresh appreciation for what you have and what others need!

I’m about to be homeless – can you help?

If you or someone you know is about to become homeless there are several places to get help. Click on this link for more information and a list of useful phone numbers. 

You can also contact the housing team at YMCA Surbiton or YMCA Wimbledon directly by calling 020 8390 0148 for Surbiton and 020 8542 9055 for Wimbledon.