If you have bulk surplus food, toiletries or other items please contact us to arrange the best time and location for delivery of your donation.

Food & Warm Clothes

We are very grateful for donations of non-perishable food which can save us the cost of breakfast supplies or help us provide food parcels to those in need via The Y Support Centre.  Items which are particularly useful: Tins, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, sugar.

During the colder months we are on the look-out for winter coats and warm clothing, especially at The Y Support Project, which supports rough sleepers with immediate needs.

Contact: The Y Support Project, Conduit Street, Leicester, LE2 0JN or 0116 2212787

Shoebox challenge! 
Could you spend between £5 – £10 filling a shoe box with toiletries and essentials for a homeless young person?

Often they arrive at The Y with few belongings and little money to spend on personal items.  It means a lot to receive your gift when they feel alone and vulnerable.

Items you could include:

– Shampoo/ conditioner, Shower gel

– Deodorant, Razors

– Face flannel

– Toothpaste, brush, mouthwash

– Tea bags, coffee, sugar

– Pen and pad

– Cup, bowl, plate, cutlery

– Socks

Contact: 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY or 0116 255 6507


Big thanks for your Christmas donations!

The amount of Christmas donations that we have received this December has totally overwhelmed both staff and residents here at The Y.

Donations included festively wrapped parcels and shoeboxes (and other boxes) containing festive treats, gloves, socks, dishes and bowls, toiletries, clothing and more.

Local schools, colleges, church and guide groups were all very busy ensuring The Y’s residents had something to open on Christmas Day. Read more

Furniture & large household items

We do not generally take 2nd hand furniture as we don’t have capacity to store and transport it, however the YMCA charity shop can collect large items for free.  Please contact:

YMCA Charity Shop
16 High Street, Leicester, LE1 5YN
Opening times: 9-5pm, Mon-Sat
0116 251 0614