Sleep Easy 2019

Date: Friday 8th March 2019
Time: 7pm – 7am
Location: Hornsey Town Hall, The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ

We are pleased to announce the 2019 date for our next Sleep Easy fundraising event, which will take place on Friday March 8th. Last year’s event was a big success with a group of 30 people choosing to sleep rough to raise funds for the YMCA North London Hostel.

As the crisis in homelessness continues to escalate, with a doubling of people sleeping on the streets since 2010, there’s also the hidden homeless, with up to 62% of single homeless people regarded as “hidden” and who may not even show up in official figures. Sleep Easy gives people the opportunity to make a difference to this crisis and to contribute directly to our hostel which offers accommodation and support to up to 300 people per year who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.


2019/2020 New Chances Bursary £12,500

Young people who are seeking to expand their horizons often need some help and support along the way. They may wish to buy new clothes to attend interviews, or have a travel card to attend a training course to build up their skills, or even a laptop to use as they join a college course. With our New Chances Bursary, young people will be invited to apply by making a pitch to the Bursary panel. The panel, formed of two elected Hostel residents and two staff members, will assess the application and make an award if they agree that it will help the young person. Awards will be made to people to help with opportunities in employment, training and education.

We will only create the New Chances Bursary with your generous donations, so please donate or fundraise and make a difference today. We will be pleased to share regular updates on what the bursary is being used for on our website.


2019/2020 Mentors Project £12,500

The young, homeless people who are residents in YMCA North London’s Hostel face many challenges as they seek to move forward with their lives. We plan to put in place a YMCA Mentors Project and we need your help to do this. First and foremost we need to attract volunteers who wish to be mentors. We’d like to attract people with a range of different skills to share with and inspire our young people. Your wisdom and experience can really make a difference in raising young people’s aspirations. So if your skills are in business like accounting or sales, in vocational areas like gardening or carpentry, in retail, catering, teaching, media or any other area, we’d like to hear from you. We’d need you to commit to a few hours on a regular basis, but we can discuss what works for you. We will also need a fund of money to run the project, to cover expenses for training, travel and expenses for the mentors and young people, whether for meetings, training courses or work placements and visits. As a charity we are relying upon your generosity to make this project happen. Please donate or fundraise today!

In 2018, thanks to our donors and fundraisers, we raised an amazing total of £20,000 and we are looking to build on that next time around with a target of £25,000. In the past year we’ve been able to offer a range of activities at the hostel across the range of Education, Employment and Training (ETE) and which the residents have been able to enjoy. Read all about recent initiatives with Fat Macy’s, VIY and others here on our News & Activities Page.