North London YMCA is the largest direct access hostel in the London Borough of Haringey.
Last year the Association gave a home to more than two hundred young people. We operate a 157-bed, special needs hostel for young adults between the ages of 16 and 35 with pressing housing need. All rooms are fully furnished with divan beds, wardrobes, desks and vanity units fitted with bed lights and shaving points, and wi-fi access. Baths, showers and toilet facilities are provided in each corridor plus two disabled showers and toilets.
The Association has deserved reputation for dealing with challenging residents in vulnerable circumstances. However, the role of many staff has changed with the changing environment.
The focus of our work is on helping disadvantaged young people, aged 16-35, who are homeless or in housing need to achieve the transition from dependence to independence. The approach to the young personís needs is holistic. The North London YMCA offers integrated access to, affordable accommodation, training, personal development, guidance and job searching facilities. The relationship with the young person is based on a formal agreement as to how the facilities and local community resources will be used in making the transition to independence, commitment to which is a condition of continued residence.
In addition to the hostel there are a number of projects that support the hostel and its residents:
- Restaurant: a restaurant is located on the ground floor. Residents receive breakfast and dinner every day.
- Residents Lounge: located on the ground floor. The lounge houses a mini library for residents and doubles as a games room.
- Training Opportunities: We offer residents the chance to develop their skills in literacy, numeracy and IT. We have a training suite that is available for residents to use from 9am-9pm
- Support Services: Hostel staff provide residents with advice on housing, life skills, training and resettlement. We are running pilot support programmes, funded by Haringey Council; one is a Housing-related support service for vulnerable young adults and the other is a Foyer for those over 16 years of age. The Foyer service is based on the model offered by Crewe YMCA, and recognised as a centre of excellence by the Foyer Federation. It focuses on informal learning delivered through the Life academy programme. The aim is to improve confidence and self esteem and to equip vulnerable young people with the life skills necessary for independent living and a fulfilled work life.
The current annual report is now available for download:
Download Annual Report 2013 as a PDF