Before finding City YMCA London, Alice's home was a bus shelter.
For years, City YMCA London's Errol Street hostel has been helping young people at risk of homelessness. However, it is in desperate need of refurbishment to make it fit for the twenty-first century. A lack of space and individual catering facilities limit the residents' ability to become self-dependent, and essential maintenace needs to be carried out in order for the building to continue to run smoothly.
All money raised from our London TowerAthlon 2016 event will go towards creating new accommodation for young Londoners who would otherwise be homeless. The design for a new 146-bedroom accommodation block has received planning permission and our grant will help bring it to life.
The building will provide shelter and wrap-around support for vulnerable Londoners aged 16-24, many of whom have left care, have poor mental health, have suffered abuse or have been excluded from mainstream education.
Despite traumatic backgrounds, these young people still nurture strong aspirations. With the right care, advice and encouragement, homeless young people are able to achieve so much more. The City YMCA London support workers and the new building will play an important role in helping isolated young people build their self-confidence and turn their lives around.
Help bring this project to life by signing up to this year's TowerAthlon.