YMCA North London

YMCA North London

At a glance


  • Housing and homelessness
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 


YMCA North London, formerly Hornsey YMCA, has been has been serving the local community since 1929.

Services include a hostel, fitness centre, children’s activity centre, out of school childcare programme, advice centre, a baby nursery and a youth project.

  • The largest Hostel in the London Borough of Haringey
  • Over 4,000 members aged from one month to over 70
  • Over 110,000 meals are served yearly in our restaurant
  • Over 90 adult exercise classes per week
  • The annual Crouch End 10K and fun run has raised over £100,000 for good causes since 1991
  • A unique baby nursery provides nursery care for teenage parents still at school or college

Our vision

Our vision is of an inclusive Christian movement transforming communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.

Our values

The way we act at YMCA is characterised by five strong and distinctive values that flow from our Christian ethos.

  • We seek out
    We actively look for opportunities to make a transformative impact on young lives in the communities where we work, and believe that every person is of equal value.
  • We welcome
    We offer people the space they need to feel secure, respected, heard and valued; and we always protect, trust, hope and persevere.
  • We inspire
    We strive to inspire each person we meet to nurture their body, mind and spirit, and to realise their full potential in all they do.
  • We speak out
    We stand up for young people, speak out on issues that affect their lives, and help them to find confidence in their own voice.
  • We serve others
    We are committed to the wellbeing of the communities we serve and believe in the positive benefit of participation, locally and in the wider world.


Reducing Youth Homelessness

Providing accommodation to 154 vulnerable homelessness young people through our:

  • Hostel - offering a unique engagement approach
  • Foyer - 30 young people between 16-24 in the London Borough of Haringey
  • Move-on units - managing transition to independent living

Offering a unique Ymca North London support package that builds on young people's strengths and skills, to achieve their life goals, including:

  • Life Academy with informal learning opportunities
  • Partnerships drawing on the talents of local entrepreneurs
  • Options for stable living/move-on within 18 months.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

Running an affordable Fitness Centre with:

  • Over 1,000 members
  • 40 gym stations
  • over 70 group exercise classes per week, ranging from yoga to circuit training

Our Fitness Centre is run as a “Charity not a Chain”

Organising large community events:

  • The very popular annual Crouch End Fun Run and Festival

Engaging Young People in Positive Activities

Delivering an out of school childcare programme:

  • Holiday play schemes
  • Sports camps
  • After-school groups
  • Breakfast clubs

Managing The Harringay Club, a children’s and young people’s activity centre offering a wide range of:

  • Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Martial Arts
  • Sports opportunities

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