Who We Are

YOWLA was established as a Registered Charity in December 2003 to help people from in and around York learn about and develop links with others, primarily in developing countries.

What We Believe

In an increasingly unstable world, YOWLA members believe that creative links between diverse communities can make a real contribution to international understanding, peaceful co-existence and development.


You may also find the following locally-based organisations useful:

International Service – www.internationalservice.org.uk/

Refugee Action York (RAY) – www.refugeeactionyork.org/

YUMI Intercultural York – www.interculturalyork.org

York Fair Trade Forum – www.fairtradeyork.com/

York Racial Equality Network – www.yren.co.uk/

YOWLA York One World Linking Association“YOWLA supports the development of mutually beneficial two-way links between communities in the York region and other parts of the world, particularly Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.”


At its AGM on 7th October 2017, it was agreed, with great sadness, that YOWLA will cease to operate as a UK registered charity.  The YOWLA website will stay open while the formal winding up is completed.

The following organisations remain active so please contact them direct if you wish to support them:

UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK), Pakistan – www.frok.org.uk

Local contact: Polly Griffith – [email protected]

 The Aids Support Organisation (TASO), Uganda – www.tasouganda.org/

Local contact: [email protected]

Friends of Sierra Leone National Railway Museum – http://www.sierraleonerailwaymuseum.com/; fb – Sierra Leone National Railway Museum.  Local contact: Helen Ashby – [email protected]

 York Ghana Link – via 1st Acomb Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association – http://www.1stacombboysbrigade.co.uk/; fb – 1stAcomb Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association

Local contact:  Lynn Davies – [email protected]