Honorary Friends 

To be announced


An invitation from Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Queens Chaplain

Despite a traumatic start to life, at-risk young people still nurture strong aspirations and ideals. They still have a vision for what they want to achieve in life. They still have a need to be heard, to belong and to be healthy. And they still want to contribute to their community.

City YMCA London exists to make that possible for those young people, to give them the security to make a future of their own choosing. The belief that we have makes our work all the more effective. Yet over the last two years the numbers of young Londoners made homeless has more than doubled, often through no fault of their own.

Our 5-year vision is to double the number of young people that we support and to set new standards in hostel and move-on accommodation in London.

Friends of City YMCA London help uphold our heritage through their long-standing commitment. They provide valuable support towards our vision. They offer advice, open doors and raise funds making a huge impact to our cause.

New members are invited to join on the commendation of an existing Friend. I would be delighted if you would lend your support and join me as a Friend of City YMCA London.  

If interested, we would be delighted to consider your application.


To be announced


The Lord Mayor of the City of London

The Rt Rev’d and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London

Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Queen & Speaker


Founder Friends

Colonel Brian Kay OBE DL

Colin Passmore, Senior Partner at Simmons & Simmons

Lord Chris Smith, Former MP for Islington South

Lord Lesley Griffiths, President of the Methodist Conference

The Very Rev’d David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral

Jean Reed, former trustee & Grubb Institute

Alderman Peter Estlin, Barclays Non Core

Gillian Bowen Chief Executive


Our friends have already brought so much to the table. We are indebted to them for their generosity and        willingness to help the young people in our care. They also help uphold the heritage of the YMCA’s work down the generations, a work inspired by our Christian roots.”



  • Offer advice, practical support and encouragement
  • Add gravitas to our cause
  • Advocate our cause, opening doors to your own networks
  • Uphold our heritage through a long-standing commitment
  • In turn, help give a future to a homeless young Londoner


  • Stay informed on issues, stories and progress
  • Attend our Annual Friends Reception
  • Introduce two new Friends
  • Make a suggested annual donation of:
    • Individuals/Couples: £50
    • Organisations: £500
    • Life Members: £1,000


“Here is a rare opportunity to leave a legacy for London’s homeless young people which together we can achieve.”

Rt Rev’d & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London



“Knowing Islington so well I’ve long

respected the tenacity of City YMCA London. Their ambition deserves our full support”

Lord Chris Smith

Former MP for Islington South


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