YMCA provides housing support for homeless local people (aged 16+) at the charity’s hostels on Shakespeare Street and Peachy Street in Nottingham city centre.
Nottingham housing support
Our charity has 98 fully furnished room in the city centre, which feature shared kitchens and communal areas for residents. Our accommodation is staffed 24 hours a day by the YMCA Housing team, with staff members on hand at the main reception (4 Shakespeare Street) to provide support for residents, receive housing application forms and answer queries.
Depending on the needs of the individual, applicants may be placed in one of our transitional houses, which are based in the community across Nottingham. Whether based at our hostels or transitional shared properties, all residents have ongoing access to YMCA key worker support along their journey of regaining independence.
Length of stay
Please note that YMCA’s provisions are primarily geared towards providing temporary housing support for individuals in need of emergency accommodation.
Minimum tenancy: 3-6 months
Maximum tenancy: 2 years
Support and training
Whilst living at the YMCA, each resident is allocated a key worker who meets with them regularly to offer support with any issues and help plan short- and long-term goals.
Support ranges from working with residents to help sustain their tenancies and achieve independent living to guidance in developing basic living skills, managing finances and weekly budgeting, employment support and training through projects and courses. Where eligible, residents may be granted access to onsite social workers, ‘floati ng’ support worker support and/or counselling services.
We also offer refugee support and referrals to other specialist agencies. To help develop core life and social skills, our team offers a programme of onsite activities for residents ranging from creative Arts Classes to cookery skills sessions in our hostel’s fully-equipped Training Kitchen, kindly sponsored by LandAid.
Young People (18-25)
At YMCA, we recognise how tough homelessness can be for a young person and know how rough sleeping can lead to people feeling isolated and helpless. We will work to help you re-engaged with the community and regain your sense of self-worth. To ensure all young people have the best chance at a bright future, our charity runs programmes especially for people aged 18-25, and our team can also offer support on feeling more confident, dealing with your emotions and reconnecting with your family.
As part of the refugee support we offer, YMCA can help you enrol on ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) classes at college and we also hold language classes in the hostel to improve your learning. Support is available if you are applying to become a UK Citizen and our team will help you get in touch with your family if you’d like us to so.
In some instances, we may be able to offer some translation services and work with you to find work or volunteering placements, while helping you to get ready to live independently in a home of your own. Please email email@example.com for more information.
How to apply for housing support
Anyone applying for supported accommodation is asked to complete an application form. Apply for YMCA housing support online.
Alternatively, a print version is available from the YMCA Housing reception (4 Shakespeare Street), or by contacting our housing team on 0115 837 1871.
How to get a referral
We accept referrals from agencies such as: Self-referral, Base 51, HMP Nottingham, Framework Housing Association and Housing Aid, amongst others.
Due to the volume of requests, each applicant is interviewed prior to being offered either a room or having their name put on the waiting list for accommodation. Please make sure you bring two forms of identification with you to the meeting to help speed up the process.
Support our Homeless Residents
As a charity that relies on the kind generosity of our community supporters, any donations, large or small, will be warmly received at your local YMCA Housing reception. Our residents are grateful for any contributions of food, clothes, household goods including furniture, arts and crafts materials, diaries or anything else you can think to donate.
If you would prefer to make a monetary contribution, please donate online or call 0115 956 7600 for details.
We would love to hear from volunteers who wish to get involved and make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable people across Nottinghamshire. To learn more about the range of volunteering opportunities available with YMCA Housing, please visit our Volunteers webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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