YMCA London City and North joins forces with leading law firm Sidley

YMCA London City and North and Sidley Austin LLP have today launched an exciting five-year partnership to help transform young lives across London, with support from YMCA England & Wales. As part of the partnership, Sidley will invest £500,000 over the next five years to help YMCA build a new Youth Hub at LandAid House, Islington. The centre,…



Introducing YMCA London CAN

Following the merger of City YMCA London and YMCA North London we are delighted to announce that we are now officially named YMCA London City and North, or as you’ll often hear us called YMCA London CAN.  Bringing together a combined 150 years of experience supporting young people across six London boroughs as well as…



LandAid House opens its doors

After ten years of planning and development we were delighted to be able to open the doors of LandAid House and welcome our first residents in May 2021. This is a historic moment, not just for us as an organisation, but for London as a whole, as this bespoke 146-person hostel is the first purpose-built…



Two Wheels Better Than Four

Over the summer we were thrilled to host bike workshops at YMCA North London’s Homeless Hostel in Crouch End, Haringey. This was made possible thanks to a grant we received from TFL. The grant, payable over three years, was awarded to us as part of the Walking and Cycling scheme for London. As a result,…



The 2.6 Challenge for YMCANL

As a small charity, we are working hard to keep our organisation and its work in our community going. We want to ask you to join us and take part in The 2.6 Challenge. The 2.6 Challenge is a collective effort of thousands of event organisers and charities to Save the UK’s Charities. The challenge…



Give a Little, Help a Lot – Appeal for our Hostel for Homelessness

As most of you are aware, YMCA North London is on the front line every day dealing with the issues of the most vulnerable young people in our community in our hostel for homelessness. We are facing challenges during this shutdown period and wish to ask for your help. We provide shelter and support for…



Homeless Christmas Card Appeal

Will you send a Christmas card to a hostel resident, with a message of hope? At YMCA North London we house a number of vulnerable young people, many of them without families with whom to spend Christmas. We ensure they are given a wonderful Christmas dinner and our staff support them throughout Christmas and New…



“It’s been a lifesaver”

An Evening Standard article this week featured the bike repair workshops hosted at YMCA North London by partner, YES Outdoors. We’ve now had two workshops at the hostel and it’s great to see they are acting as a springboard to other things. YES Outdoors brought along some great bikes which the residents work on over…



Running in the Family

The Cowking family love participating in the YMCA running events. They’ve dressed up as Santas and elves at our Santa Run event in December, and came along as a family to the recent Fun Run & Festival. “The 2019 day was a huge success – we had competitive runs from all the family!”, says Julian…



“I’ll never forget this day”

Rick Baker, a Crouch End local for more than 40 years, ran the adult 10k for the first time in 2005 at the age of 59. Until then Rick had supported his friends at the finishing line. Now, not only has he run it every year ever since then but all three of his children have taken…