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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.

Sign up for 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

2015 is the year when we enter into our new strategic plan with ambitious plans not only to EXTEND our work into new areas but also to DEEPEN the impact we have in people’s lives.

With a general election around the corner and financial cuts continuing to impact on what we do, we know that we will need to ensure that we COMMUNICATE better what we stand for, as well as ensure that we develop SUSTAINABLY.

These four words (DEEPEN, EXTEND, COMMUINICATE & SUSTAIN) will form the anchor points of our strategy for the next few years. I hope that as you look through this website you will start to see more of what that means as we develop.

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.