Supported Housing provides young people with more than just a roof over their head. They have access to education & training within YMCA in order to build their life skills, in addition to other activities to help them engage with other residents and make a positive contribution to their community. In all of this, YMCA is preparing young people to move on and live independently in their own home.
YMCA Birmingham run a number of supported accommodation projects. For all of our schemes, applications for accommodation are made via Birmingham City Council’s Gateway (for over 21’s) on 0121 675 4249 and via and St Basils Youthline (for under 21’s) on 0300 30 30 099.
The Orchard is our flagship supported housing scheme for 16-25 year olds in Erdington. It provides accommodation for up to 83 young people in self-contained flats, so it is the ideal scheme for those people who are comfortable living independently. There is also a team of dedicated YMCA Engagement Officers on hand 24/7 to help you develop an action plan and work with young people to achieve their life goals.
As well as the support that we provide, The Orchard has on-site training facilities to enable our clients to undergo training, and a number of social enterprises that can offer clients volunteering, apprenticeship and even paid employment opportunities. There’s an IT suite available for clients to engage in job searches and brush up on their computer skills.
Built to the highest standards and with a cutting edge design, The Orchard provides residents with a fully-furnished flat which gives them a great platform to help them build the life that they want.
Will Steel House
Located in a quiet area of Aston, this light and modern building can house 30 residents and is located on Grosvenor Road, Aston. The accommodation is made up of bed-sitting rooms with an integrated kitchenette, ideal for those who have some independent living skills. There are also shared bathrooms and toilets and a communal Laundry Room.
At YMCA Birmingham we like to promote a healthy community atmosphere within the project and have a communal lounge with a large screen TV. Computers are also available on site for training and general access. There is a Pool table in our games room and we hold regular tournaments for those who wish to participate.
Our Housing Team is based on-site, and there are staff available 24 hours per day. Two of our rooms are adapted for disabled access.
Harry Watton House
Just up the road from Will Steel House, Harry Watton House is located on Church Rd in Aston. It can house up to 33 people. 30 of the flats are fully self-contained, with 3 sharing a kitchen and bathroom. Whilst people are able to live more independently here, we have an on-site housing team who are available 24/7 to help and assist residents with job searches, benefit claims and finding a permanent home.
Both Harry Watton House and Will Steel House have excellent public transport links and are handily located near local shops.