YMCA Southampton Housing
YMCA Southampton Housing provides safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for 16-25 year olds across a number of settings within Southampton.
Our housing hub is centrally based at George Williams House, a large provision of housing in the centre of town on The Avenue within easy reach of agency services, colleges, recreational venues and training establishments. George Williams House is comprised of 40 self contained units, each a studio flat arrangement with an en suite shower room and kitchen.
In addition, we agency manage a further 34 units throughout the city which are either self contained or shared and form the basis of our move on strategy for the residents at George Williams House once a period of support has been completed and certain goals met.
Prospective tenants are offered a tenancy on an Assured Shorthold basis with an opportunity to stay within YMCA Housing for a period of up to two years.
At YMCA Southampton, we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to progress with lives. If you have previously had problems, we have support staff on site who are there to help and guide so that you progress towards independent living. Staff are on site to help you plan the next steps in your life and to help facilitate any skills or qualifications or funds that you may need to make this happen.
In Spring 2015, we completed the conversion of office space at George Williams House into a further 12 units of shared accommodation to offer to young people. These units are provided on an affordable rent basis and have a different referral process as the other units that we offer. It is envisaged that young people in employment will be able to secure accommodation, without a deposit and be provided with secure affordable accommodation.
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YMCA Southampton benefits from a number of facilities on site which are for the benefit of young people who live at George Williams House. This is to add value to the residents at George Williams House and to our aim of not just being a landlord. These include:
- Tenants lounge ( including computers, pool table, table tennis, PS3, chill out area, wide screen projector, reading materials)
- Fully equipped kitchen for social events and training experience
- Arts Room
- Outdoor gym equipment
- Minibus for trips
- Imac suite
- DJ equipment
- Fitness weights
- Laundry room
At YMCA Southampton we believe in being more than just a landlord to our young people. We offer a range of programmes which encourage active engagement and help to build upon raising confidence and self esteem through offering life skills, social and physical activity. At the YMCA, the opportunities are limitless and we encourage every young person to get involved to give themselves the best chance in life. These opportunities include:
- Volunteering overseas through Y Care
- Fitness sessions
- Learning to cook and cooking on a budget
- 5-a-side football with Southampton Football Club
- Visits to YMCA Fairthorne outdoor learning
- Desktop publishing courses
- Video and music production
- Residential holidays
- Residents committee
Read Billie’s inspiring story where she charts her progress from resident to apprentice.
All residents at George Williams House have their application assessed at the Housing Panel, a joint meeting with other housing providers and Southampton City Council to consider all applications. To apply for housing, potential residents must either:
- complete a downloadable application form
- visit No Limits or Chapter One
- apply via Southampton City Council’s Homeless Person’s Unit.
If you are under 18 you cannot directly refer and must go to the Homeless Person’s Unit. All applications are considered and vacancies are allocated based on need.
For more information about our accommodation at George Williams House, contact us:
- call 02380 221202
- email to email@example.com
- in writing to YMCA Southampton, George Williams House, Cranbury Place, Southampton, SO14 0LG
Joshua Bennett is one of our residents who we have been supporting on a music and video editing project. See some of Joshua’s acoustic work below: