YMCA has a long and lasting history with London, starting just a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s Cathedral 171 years ago. Today, it is a global movement, impacting on more than 58 million people in 119 countries.
YMCA has been one of the cornerstones of civil society within the capital over this time and continues to support young Londoners every day. As London has expanded its borders, YMCA has accordingly responded to the growing needs of its communities.
The scale of our engagement with Londoners means YMCA is in a unique position to set out what is required from the Mayor and the Greater London Authority to better support communities in the years to come.
As we approach the elections in May, YMCA has put forward its vision for London – including the challenges we are facing and the solutions that could bring us closer to solving them.
This manifesto outlines the issues that have been identified by young people, service users and YMCA workers from across London. They are matters that we believe should be tackled by the new Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority in order to improve the lives of Londoners.
In campaigning on these issues we are also inviting practical partnership. We wish to be involved in meeting these needs and in providing new solutions that ensure that the city where the YMCA was born continues to be the best in the world.
Download a full copy of the YMCA in London Manifesto 2016.