Welcome to Forest YMCA of East London

We are a faith-based charity and one of the biggest Third Sector organisations in North East London. We work on the frontline of social cohesion in one of the most challenging parts of Britain.

Through patient, skilled hard work we enable homeless young people to integrate into society and start to live independently. We help them gain self-worth, education, employment and training, and move along the path from benefits to tax-paying.

We employ 160 staff, operate one of the UK's largest 'direct-access' homeless hostels, and have been transforming the lives of young people in and around Walthamstow for over 40 years.

We are proud to be part of the global YMCA movement, providing holistic support in body, mind and spirit.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

Maria Robinson