In 1883 Mr Thomas Lloyd opened the doors to Leicester’s YMCA. Lloyd’s dreams were to ‘promote the welfare of young men in every possible way’. Leicester YMCA offered many clubs, from literacy and debating, to football, swimming and chess, it offered friendship, support, gymnasium classes, bible classes and much more. Now, 135 years on, the only way Lloyd’s dream has changed, is that The Y (YMCA Leicester) now promotes the welfare of all young people, not just the welfare of young men.
The Y provides a safe and welcoming place to live for 120 young people aged 16-25 years old at any one time. Residents stay an average of six months during which time our staff give them the support they need to move towards independent living, employment, education and training.
“We are proud to be celebrating 135 years of The Y in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The doors were first opened in 1883 by Thomas Lloyd, and his ideologies and mission remain the same today,” explains Paul Brown, Chief Executive of The Y. “Because of that man’s vision and the Association he started 135 years ago, today we are able to support young people facing homelessness.”
Celebratory Cathedral service
We are celebrating 135 years of The Y in Leicester by holding a celebratory service at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday 18th March. It will be hosted by Kathryn Hamylton, Chair of the board of trustees. The service will begin at 3pm and there will be tea, coffee and cake served at 4pm also in the cathedral.
All are welcome to join us in this celebration and learn how The Y has been serving the local community since 1883.
Please RSVP to MHaggerty-Wood@leicesterymca.co.uk