HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE BUILD A FUTURE OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING

ABOUT

City YMCA London is an independent charity affiliated to the global YMCA movement that was founded in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral in 1844. Our work is based on the ethos of the international movement and we work across some of London's most deprived boroughs of Islington, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney. 

We passionately believe that every young person should have the opportunity to build a future of their own choosing. Over the past forty years we have helped 30,000 isolated, homeless young people struggling with family breakdown, school exclusion, poor mental health and drug and alcohol problems. From emergency beds through to supported longer-term accommodation our hostel occupancy currently runs at 98%, a stark demonstration of the need for this provision. 

 

WE OFFER

• A safe and secure place to live

• Advice and sign-posting on all aspects of housing and homelessness

• A two year Move-On Programme to develop the skills needed for independent living 

• Dedicated Project Workers to offer information, guidance and support

 

OUT IMPACT TO DATE

Over the last five years we have intensively supported over 750 young homeless Londoners between the ages of 16 to 25 through our supported accommodation service. We provide a much needed safe and secure place to live, giving young people back confidence and allowing them to create their own future. We offer a two-year move on programme to develop the skills needed for independent living. We offer dedicated project workers to offer information, guidance, support and sign posting on all aspects of housing and homelessness.

Our gym supported the health needs of around 3,00 young residents and members of the local community.

We have also supported 2,500 young people through our detached programme of interventions and our student hostel giving a foothold into London.

Last year we opened a new 87 bed hostel in Hackney providing 16 to 25 year olds supported accommodation, the first such provision in Hackney.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

City YMCA London has a Board of Trustees who oversee governance matters and they are responsible under the charity's governing document for controlling the management and administration of the charity.  They make decisions, set strategic direction and ensure that the work of the charity is carried out. Trustees of City YMCA London are themselves volunteers and therefore do not financial benefit from the work.

Trusteeship is a serious responsibility which requires members to take an active role in the governance of the organisation. There responsibilities include:

  • Setting the strategic direction for the organisation
  • Ensuring everything is legal and safe
  • Supporting the Chief Executive
  • Ensuring the work of the charity is carried out
  • Ensuring the Trustee Board is up-to-date and skilled

 

OUR BOARD

  • Robert Thompson, Chairman - Surveyor, Dulwich Estate
  • Gary Morley, Treasurer - Parter (Corporate Finance), Macintyre Hudson LLP
  • Matthew Smith, Vice Chairman - Barrister (Charity Law)
  • Mark Poulding-Wright, Vice Chairman - Consultant (Commercial)
  • Jo-Ann Pepperell - Social Housing Relations Manager, Lloyds Bank
  • Josefine Ahlstrom - Vice President of Development, Argus Media
  • Marek Wiluszynski - Public Housing Specialist
  • Patsy Mills, HR Director, The Heath Foundation
  • Claudia Web, Islington Councillor
  • Andrew McMurtrie, City of London Councilman
  • Hanny Tirta, Lawyer (Contracts), Cannock Group

 

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Gillian Bowen, Chief Executive

Gillian Bowen JP, MBA, MA is the Chief Executive Officer.  She has been with City YMCA for over 6 years and has held previous Chief Executive Officer positions.  She has a background of leading youth organisations having previously held Chief Executive Officer and Director positions.  Gillian also has experience of front line youth work having started her career working in Young Offender Institutions and working with disadvantaged young people. She has been in the youth field for 20 years, has experience of working in the private sector and is responsible for the strategic leadership of City YMCA.  Gillian is also Magistrate and sits on the Central London Bench (Adult and Youth Court

John Faulkner, Director of Operations,

John has been with City  YMCA for 7 years.  He has worked  for big blue chip companies including, T-Mobile, Santander, Wickes, NatWest  over a period of 18 years with 11 years at a senior management level.   He is responsible for the strategic direction, reporting and management of all operation functions in City YMCA, including housing, catering, conferencing, properties, facilities, maintenance and housekeeping.

Chris East, Appeals Director

Chris East is an accomplished third sector leader and Capital Appeal Fundraiser having successfully raised over £28m for good causes to-date. He has an ability to reinvigorate an organisation, redefining the public’s perception of the cause whilst instilling an energy, passion and confidence that secures income and creates success. Chris is founder of The Giving Business, the retained Fundraising Advisor for Haysmacintyre Accountants, co-founder of Pakistani art and culture company Riwayat and a member of Third Sector think tank CResCAT.

 

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • Elizabeth Rees, Company Secretary & Finance Manager
  • Sharon Harvey, Hostel Manager
  • John Cooper, Estates Manager

 

ANNUAL REPORT

Our annual accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 are available HERE and our Annual Review HERE.

OUR LOCATIONS

ISLINGTON HOSTEL (CLOSED TILL AUTUMN 18)

8 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8SE

MONARCH COURT HOSTEL

30-50 Cadogan Terrace Hackney London E9 5EJ

Tel: 0208 525 2440

THE DRUM YOUTH WORK HUB

& CITY YMCA LONDON HEAD OFFICE

167 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT

Tel: 020 7549 0470

A Registered Charity No 1053864

A Registered Company No 3169665

Housing Agency No H4099

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