For over 40 years, our hostel in Walthamstow has been offering homeless young people between the ages of 16-30 hope and a home, when they need it most We believe that combating homelessness is about providing young people with the skills and confidence they need to turn their lives around. Thanks to our innovative approach, last year 630 residents were supported into education, training and employment and 178 were resettled into independent living.
We also offer a wide range of community services. Our fitness centre provides affordable leisure facilities to the local community. Our after school clubs give local families access to affordable childcare. And our free youth clubs give local teenagers the opportunity to meet in a safe environment, learn new skills and make new friends.
Forest YMCA in the News
Local daredevils abseiled down the 9 storey Forest YMCA building in Forest Road on Saturday (June 9) to help raise funds for a vital refurbishment project. It is anticipated that the abseilers will raise over £10,000 in sponsorship which will be put towards the modernisation of the 40 year old hostel for vulnerable young homeless people.
90 people including four Waltham Forest councillors, staff from local businesses and Forest YMCA staff (including the charity’s CEO and Chaplain) and residents bravely took on the 120ft descent. Newly elected Mayor of Waltham Forest, Richard Sweden, also came along to lend his support.
Head of Resident Support and Accommodation, Heather Barrow said: “It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I dithered around at the top, but then I just went for it. It was all worth it and I have raised about £150 so far”.
The fundraising event was generously sponsored by Leytonstone based construction contractor, Kind & Company.
To donate to Forest YMCA’s refurbishment appeal, text FYMCA 12 followed by the amount you want to give to 70070. To find out about other fundraising events you can take part in to support Forest YMCA’s important work visit our website.
Source: Forest YMCA press release, 14 June 2012