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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.

Featured video of the month

Last month, Benchmark Theatre Company, YMCA LSW’s very own community theatre group, premiered their new original play Stories From The Circle at YMCA Surbiton. Watch a short clip in the video below and read more about the play in our Latest News section.

A message from CEO, Richard James

On October the 12th I will be donning my 'easy breathe' top, pulling on a pair of oversized shorts and my thoroughly run in trainers in order to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon raising money for our work with people with disabilities.

As a 6'4, 16 stone, 40+ man I argue I am not built for distance running and yet despite this I will be doing my bit to try and enhance the opportunities for others to benefit from activities that many of us take for granted.

If you do have a chance to make my run more worthwhile and sponsor me then visit:

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

If you or someone you know is homeless or facing homelessness, it can be a distressing and scary time, but you are not alone and help is available. Contact us by filling in the form here, or call your local YMCA Centre.