The resident’s journey
Residents are referred to us with complex needs such as mental health issues and substance misuse; many are escaping violence and abuse. The threat of homelessness and for some sleeping rough is a deeply traumatic experience.
We offer a warm and non-judgmental environment and our staff are committed to helping residents in all aspects of their lives. We provide short-stay supported accommodation for a two-year period to get people back on their feet and to plan the next phase of their lives.
Every supported resident is assigned a Support Worker and together,they will develop a Personal Action Plan. This provides a way forwards towards eventually moving on and living independently.
As part of our holistic approach we also offer counselling, life skills classes, social activities and opportunities to explore spirituality and faith. Our chaplains run events and workshops to help people reflect on what’s important to them in their lives.
These services are funded by revenue from our Health & Wellbeing Centres, children’s services and cafes, as well as funds raised by fundraising events and donations.
We are also supported by the Supporting People programme and work closely with a wide range of external agencies and organisations to ensure that we provide the best service possible.
Residents have an opportunity to take part in a Buddy scheme where volunteers, often residents themselves, become a mentor to both current residents and those who have moved on from the hostel environment.
Just having someone to chat to, someone who listens or lends a helping hand can be a vital part of a success outcome.
Opportunities to participate
Living at YMCA is not just about having a roof over your head. Getting out and about, involved in activities, volunteering, courses and events is what turns a person’s journey from survival to a fulfilled life – that’s why we offer our residents the opportunity to take part in creative workshops with drama and poetry, community choirs and events.