Download Annual Report

Our vision and values

The primary focus of The Y is to help young people make a positive transition to independent adulthood, particularly at times of need.

The charity offers quality services to the whole community, including a homeless drop in centre, supported housing, education, a professional theatre, sports and children's work. We have a strong reputation for partnership working with other organisations.

We have a holistic approach to developing mind, body and spirit, focussing on individual support needs and promoting personal growth of our customers and staff.

We address social exclusion by developing positive environments, opportunities and support for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community.

We are committed to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusiveness and strive to reflect and meet the needs of the people of Leicestershire.


Governed by a board of directors, The Y (Leicester YMCA) is part of an International Christian Movement working in 124 countries. In England there are 140 different associations, each of which operates as a separately registered charity. See YMCA England Website. Founded in 1883, the Leicester association celebrated 125 years of serving the community in 2008. See our History.

Leicester YMCA is a Registered Charity, Limited Company, Housing Association and a Registered Social Landlord.

Research & Development

Places of Change

In 2008 the bar and reception at East Street building underwent an exciting redevelopment to create an inspiring environment for our customers and staff. Funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG), the Places of Change money was also used to develop Customer Service training and work experience for young people in a professional arts environment. Read the story.

The Y is a proactive organisation that challenges the norm and leads on change. We have made a commitment to eradicate the words 'hostel' and 'eviction', to promote a more positive image for our residents. Read the story.


The Y is leading the social exclusion agenda with two areas of research that highlight service needs in the city. These are:
  • Complex Needs: Investigating the housing related support needs of young people, whose needs occur in a number of areas such as poor housing, homelessness, substance misuse, mental health, poor health, poor education or long term unemployment.
  • Sexual Exploitation: Investigates the support needs of people aged 13-19 who are in vulnerable situations, placing them at risk of abuse and sexual exploitation.
To find out more about our achievements and impact, you can visit our news page or download our annual report.