17 October 2019


YMCA Birmingham has this week been granted planning permission to build 27 new flats on the redeveloped site on Bunbury Road in Northfield, Birmingham. The site preparation will be starting shortly in readiness for the main building work starting in January.

YMCA Birmingham has been operating in the Northfield area for 60 years and in Birmingham for 170 years. The new flats will provide residents from the existing Magdalene Court site, which provides accommodation for homeless people on a short-term basis, the opportunity to stay on site whilst living more independently. This will consolidate the progress already made in rebuilding their lives and participating positively in the local community. All the flats will be let at affordable rents to ensure that YMCA residents are not held back in their aspiration to work and contribute positively to society.

Residents at Magdalene Court have become homeless for a wide range of issues, and receive assistance from YMCA staff to overcome the challenges they have faced so that they can move on in their lives.

Making the announcement, YMCA Birmingham Chief Executive, Alan Fraser said:

“We are delighted to receive the green light for this exciting new development. Residents in our supported housing consistently tell us that one of their biggest worries is where they can move on to once they no longer require the dedicated support we provide at Magdalene Court.

This scheme will address this challenge directly, providing low-cost, self-contained, secure accommodation for people leaving supported housing. Residents will be able to live independently, but with the security of knowing that support is on hand close by if they ever need it.”

To find out more about what the YMCA does to help in your community, visit: www.ymcabirmingham.org.uk