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YMCA_LOGO_MASTER_A_BLUE GREY YMCA Bournemouth - MULTILINE (CMYK)

56 Westover Road is the hub of YMCA Bournemouth’s activities. It is also the central focus of our housing provision for homeless people in the Bournemouth area.


YMCA Bournemouth provides short-term supported housing for men and women between the ages of 18 and 60. The 99 beds spread over three projects provide supported housing with a focus on move-on; clients are equipped with the skills they require to achieve or return to independent living – either in YMCA move-on accommodation, or to external supported or unsupported housing.

Below are images of our newly renovated Delta Flats. These are for residents requiring a lower level of support, and who are working towards skills for independent living.

Delta Flats
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All applications are considered individually. Our 53 Local Authority-funded Hostel beds are accessible via a referral to the SP Hub. Please visit the Customer Services Entrance on St. Stephen’s Road or call 01202 451451 and ask to speak to Housing Options.

Please see Application Process and Eligibility Criteria below.

Click on the image below to read more about our support.

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NEW Supported Housing Opportunities

As well as accommodation accessible via Bournemouth Borough Council, we also have 10 direct referral Hostel beds and 34 more move-on flats that have no requirements for a local connection to Bournemouth. To access this accommodation, please complete a referral form and send it to the Admissions email address below. this year, Bournemouth YMCA has new partnership opportunities in the provision of supported housing taking on direct referrals.

Our experienced support staff team can provide one-to-one and group support sessions to fulfil a tailored support plan. After assessment and depending on the level of support the client requires we can offer one-to-one support at a cost (to be negotiated) for either 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours per week.

If you are interested in our new supported accommodation opportunities or have any questions please contact admissions on admissions@ymcabournemouth.org.uk or call 01202 290 451.

Please see Application Process and Eligibility Criteria below.

 

 


Personal support and guidance – a stepping stone to sustained independence and improving individual circumstances.

Accommodation-based support and onsite benefits:

  • Gym membership only £2/week
  • Monitored facilities to ensure safety and security
  • Drug and alcohol support (see drug and alcohol policy below)
  • 24/7 support on site
  • Youth facilities
  • One-to-one sessions* with a key worker
  • Regain confidence and motivation
  • Life skills training e.g. cooking courses and healthy eating advice
  • Benefits advice
  • Budgeting advice
  • Computer access for job search and CV help
  • Mediation with Local Authorities
  • Counselling
  • Engage with statutory services empowering and enabling the client.
  • Residents lounge area
  • Laundry facilities
  • Restaurant

* One-to-one support is available at a cost (to be negotiated) for either 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours/week depending on level required

Please click below to read about our accommodation options:

 


Application Process

Once a referral for accommodation is received, either from the Local Authority, another referring body, or direct from the applicant (see top of page), our Admissions Team will process the application.

In the first instance, the applicant will be invited to the YMCA for a needs and risk assessment to determine whether they are suited to our accommodation.

We will then seek supporting statements from relevant people (e.g. other support workers working with the applicant).

If the application for accommodation is approved, the applicant or referring body will be informed and a date for moving in be arranged.

Alternatively, the YMCA will give reasons why it is felt that our accommodation is not suitable. Under such circumstances, there is a right to appeal.

 


Eligibility Criteria

If applying through the local authority, the applicant must have a local connection to Bournemouth.

All applicants must:

  • be aged 18 and 60
  • have recourse to public funds (Housing Benefit) if not earning enough to pay full rent

Drugs and alcohol policy

Although the YMCA Hostel is not a dry house, clients are not allowed to bring any alcohol into any of the accommodation units. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if it is deemed that they pose a risk.

Clients with substance misuse issues will be supported in moving towards abstinence. Those on a methadone script (or similar) will be supported in conjunction with the prescribing body to achieve the same.

The YMCA tests clients for controlled drugs on entry, and randomly throughout their stay. This encourages clients to maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and helps the support staff provide the most relevant support for clients.

Staff regularly conduct room checks to ensure that there is no active drug use in the hostel.

 

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