Since 2012, York House on Pentonville Road in King’s Cross, London has been home to an incredible array of thriving community projects. Thanks to the generosity of its owners – who have provided the space rent-free – York House has become a hub for charities, new businesses and local initiatives, helping countless numbers of people in the process.
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However, at the end of June 2015, the building is to be redeveloped for commercial purposes, leaving those individuals and groups that it does so much to support without a home.
• Islington Foodbank—emergency food and support for local people in crisis. www.islington.foodbank.org.uk
• KX Brunch—free weekly café for 40–50 rough sleepers, offering food and friendship.
• TENT—creative work space for start-ups, burgeoning businesses and freelancers. www.enjoytent.com
• Choices Baby Boutique—offering free baby and children’s clothing, as well as support, to mums in need. www.mumsthewordcharity.co.uk and www.choicesislington.org
• Tuesday Night Drop-in—providing a place for women, many of whom have worked in the sex industry, to meet up and have a meal together.
• Only Connect—a creative arts and theatre company working with ex-offenders and young people at risk. www.onlyconnect.london
The pressing priority now is to find new homes in the area for these projects – whether one building or many – ideally by the end of the month.
York House has touched the lives of everyone who has walked through its doors over the past three years. However it is the energy and enthusiasm of those involved in these projects that has made this possible, and it is their stories, along with those of the people they support in so many ways, that are so inspiring and should not be allowed to end here.