Where we work

The map above shows ¥’s 52 local Academies, 18 Community Hubs, Basis Drop-in Centres and supported housing projects.

Every ¥ community is different. But they all share a common goal of creating a place where everyone is included, and everyone can thrive. Most often our work is organised through integrated ‘Hubs’. The ¥ Hub model is the result of our experience in local communities that face disadvantage and poverty. Inequality impacts all areas of life, and change requires a joined-up and systemic response. So in every ¥ community we work with other charities, faith groups, and local authorities to provide joined-up, holistic care and opportunity for all – supporting community development, providing education, housing, advice and support, personal and spiritual development, health and wellbeing, and social action and campaigning.

North of England

There are six ¥ Community Hubs  in the North of England working alongside ¥ Academies (primary and secondary) and other partners in Salford, Oldham, Liverpool, Immingham, Scunthorpe and South Grimsby. We have several projects supporting homeless people in the North East. Basis, in Sunderland, supports people sleeping rough while Elizabeth House and Naomi House in Gateshead provide accommodation for pregnant women and those with young babies as well as other women at risk of homelessness.

Based in the Hollinwood and Leesbrook communities of Oldham our vibrant Hub works with a wide network of organisations to provide a range of projects and activities designed to strengthen and empower our community.

We provide food projects, adult education, school holiday activities, community kitchen, farm and growing projects, advice and support, youth clubs, NEET interventions, mentoring and vulnerable family support.


Our welcoming community hub is perfectly placed to serve the Ordsall and Langworthy communities of Salford.

Working closely with the ¥ Academy MediaCityUK, in which we are based, and in partnership with local organisations, we have a strong focus on youth work, offering mentoring, youth club and school holiday activities.

For our community, we run activities including Talk English projects, employability sessions, Playspace stay and play preschool group, adult education, community café and vulnerable family support.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mediacityhub

¥ Hub, South Grimsby

From savings schemes and food services to holiday clubs and leisure facilities, our thriving Hub is working inclusively across the community to meet basic needs and promote holistic wellbeing.

We work with ¥ Academy Nunsthorpe and the secondary ¥ Academy Wintringham plus a fledgling community church. In our ¥ Community Space we run a food pantry and parent classes and work with disengaged young people. There’s room for everyone to get involved.

Facebook: @¥HubSouthGrimsby 

¥ Hub, Henderson Avenue, Scunthorpe

Led by ¥ Academy Henderson Avenue, we are actively engaged in the local community.

Besides our youth and community projects we are involved with the Crosby Collective, creating a co-working space to help micro-enterprises thrive. Our Hub Leader has a passion for coffee and he is currently helping set up a coffee roasters that will train and employ people with criminal convictions. Website:

¥ Community Hub, Liverpool

Our growing ¥ Hub in Liverpool is an exceptional example of how even a small community can come together to help navigate life’s obstacles.

Through activities such as a weekly food distribution service, the Hub helps meet basic needs and as well as offering services, such as debt advice, which address underlying issues. Through the work of a local community church, the Hub helps people build strong relationships, particularly among the refugee community

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Photo: Kelli McClintock

Elizabeth House, Gateshead

Elizabeth House, Gateshead is a large house with 12 bedrooms for vulnerable pregnant women and those with small babies where there is a safeguarding risk. Staff provide a high level of support to mothers and work alongside social workers.

Also in Gateshead is ‘EǷɱ’ accommodation for women with children made homeless through being in domestic abuse situations.

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Naomi House and Karis Flats, Gateshead

Naomi House is an 8-room property for vulnerable young women aged 18-26 who are homeless and have high support needs, such as problems with mental health. Residents stay for one year and staff provide help to access benefits and teach life skills such as cooking and healthy eating.

Karis Flats, Gateshead are situated close to Naomi House and provide move-on accommodation for independent living. Residents usually stay about 3 years and staff visit and support when needed, particularly with finance and job skills.

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Our Community Hubs in the Midlands are based in the some of the lowest income wards of Birmingham and Worcester and work alongside eight ¥ Academies. Five of these Community Hubs are now charities in their own right running extensive community programmes around food poverty, youth work and family support.

Foundry and Boulton Hubs are known together as ‘FaB’. We work alongside two Academies to provide two ‘Wild Life Clubs’ and a community garden on the school field.

Over the last few months we have established FaB Your Local Pantry at the Foundry Academy site, offering £15-£25 worth of groceries to our members for a small weekly fee. We have had over 300 households visit our pantry and regularly see 50 -70 people each week.


¥ Hub Blakenhale, Birmingham

¥ Hub Blakenhale is based in the heart of Garretts Green in Birmingham. We work alongside ¥ Blakenhale Infant and Junior Academies.

Our activities include:  Early Years and family activities, youth and holiday sessions and adult education training opportunities and workshops. We are also working towards developing new projects in response to needs arising from Covid-19, such as a community supermarket project.
email: amy.winnett@oasisblakenhalejunior.org

At ¥ Hub Hobmoor, in South Yardley, Birmingham, we are actively engaged in creating a community where individuals feel included and proud to live.

Over 700 people use the Hub Centre every week and we worked with a total of 2,718 local residents last year. We deliver ESOL classes and formal adult education as well as a large number of community projects– from Job Club to the Lionhearts Football club.

In the wake of Covid-19, we are working on a social supermarket project.

¥ Community Hub , Warndon, Worcs.

Set up in 2018, in the old caretaker’s bungalow on the site of ¥ Academy Warndon, our Hub focuses on supporting families.

We run advice sessions, workshops and children’s activities as well as a community food pantry. You can volunteer with us too helping out with refreshments, gardening or welcoming at the Hub. Find our more on

London and the South East

¥ has 14 Academies in this region. Working alongside them are Community Hub Hadley in north-east London specialising in youth work ¥ and Waterloo, the oldest Community Hub involved in a wide range of community building projects in Lambeth. In Croydon, we have a Community Housing project, The Foyer, and Community Hub Ashburton Park. There are further housing projects in Peckham and Southwark as well as two popular City Farms in London Waterloo and Southampton.

¥ Waterloo has been been involved in the Waterloo community for over 15 years, striving to support people of all ages and in all situations.

We’re passionate about Waterloo, and we’re building a movement of volunteers, parents and churchgoers to work together. Our programmes include a food bank, coffee shop, debt advice service, family support projects, HealthSpace (a  sport and healthy eating programme) and an extensive youth mentoring service among others, including a City Farm


¥ Community Hub Ashburton, Croydon

±’v been involved in the South Norwood and Shirley Park communities for over 10 years, working to help people of all ages and situations feel included and involved.

Each week, the Hub provides support to children in our three local ¥ Academies:  Arena, Ryelands and Shirley Park. Our Foodcycle project puts tasty food on the table for vulnerable families; hub community events create fun and laughter; and our social groups, youth and children’s provision all provide safe spaces for belonging and exploring issues. 


¥ Hub Hadley

We are a charity in our right based in ¥ Academy Hadley, running a number of services for the community, particularly youth work. Our 5 youth workers and 3 Family Support workers work hard to provide a supportive service not just to our students and their families but also to our local community.

Some of our youth workers specialise in youth mental health support and are attached to A & E departments of local hospitals and a the custody suite of a local police station. More info: on Facebook:

No 3 and The Foyer Homeless Projects, London

No.3 hostel and The Foyer are two of ¥ Community Housing’s key projects in the London area supporting homeless young people and young mothers facing homelessness.

They were some of the first ¥ projects – No.3 opened 30 years ago and formed the basis of what would become ¥ Charitable Trust. The Foyer celebrated 20 years of service to young homeless people in 2020.

They now form part of ¥ Community Housing’s 17 projects across the UK which support approximately 1,250 young people, helping to tackle the root cause of their homelessness as well as encouraging individuals to reach  their full potential.

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South West

There are 9 ¥ Academies in North and South Bristol supported by two very strong Community Hubs providing a range of youth and family support work as well as a community shop. ¥ Bath is both a Hub and a church.

We are a vibrant Community Hub working across the Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Avonmouth and Southmead areas of North Bristol. Our expanding youth work  includes detached, open access and a range of 1:1 support and mentoring programmes.

We work alongside local ¥ Academies to run a community shop and provide family support and emergency food provision including school holiday programmes.

South Bristol

This is an exciting new ¥ Community Hub developing around the Knowle West and Filwood areas of South Bristol. Our work is growing out of a focus around food provision, including:
Student, family and parent cookery sessions, Takeaway Fridays and Food Club.
email: aisling.bennett@oasisuk.org


¥ Hub Bath was set up in 2018 as a partnership between Hay Hill Baptist Church and ¥. We are passionate about community transformation and are involved in delivering a range of community projects.

We host addiction support groups, a kinship carers support group and we’re also home to Focus Counselling, who deliver affordable counselling to anyone who needs it.

We run our weekly ¥ Pantry, offering access to good quality, affordable food, and a holiday hunger project called ‘Make Lunch’.

Southampton City Farm is part of ¥ and
is a charity in its own right. We are open to the public and run a range of activities allowing children to meet all our lovely animals and feed them with vegetables grown in our gardens

We have a day service for adults with different abilities and offer one to one sessions with individuals with complex needs

Tel: 023 8052 2706