Mendip & South Somerset 16 +

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As a YMCA, we are part of the largest provider of safe, supported accommodation for young people in England and Wales.

In our 16+ Supported Accommodation, we work with young people aged 16-25 to provide safe living arrangements and support to help them move on to independent living. Our 5 main projects work with young people under 18 – these are Ofsted registered and staffed 24/7 by professional support staff.

Our residents come to us either as care leavers or referrals from a local authority. If you are currently homeless, or threated with homelessness, you can access support by visiting: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/housing-support/homelessness-and-prevention/homelessness-advice-and-assistance/

Resettlement Support

Resettlement support is offered to 16-25 year olds who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness and in need of support.

Our prevention support is aimed at helping people remain in their existing home, as long as it is secure, but most importantly, safe to do so.

For those people who move on from our housing projects, support is wide ranging; and will include help with finding and securing accommodation, setting up home and assisting with the transition to independent living.

Our Move-On Move Out Scheme (MOMO) – applicable to all ages

MOMO is a modular resettlement programme aimed at supporting all our residents towards the goal of independent living. Topics covered include Health & Wellbeing, Housing Options, Budgeting, Anti-social Behaviour, Education, Training and Employment and Sustaining a Tenancy.

Move On Scheme – applicable to 16yrs+ (in Mendip Council area)

This scheme links clients with accommodation vacancies in the private rented sector and also assists those who have found their own accommodation. If you are a landlord with a vacancy, please refer to our Landlord scheme and see where we could help.

Landlord Scheme (in Mendip Council area)

Landlords can register with YMCA Mendip & South Somerset and are encouraged to be sympathetic with our client needs. We offer continual support and advice to all landlords registered with us. For further information, please read our Landlords leaflet here.

Deposit Scheme – applicable to 18yrs+ (in Mendip Council area)

We offer a deposit scheme which ‘guarantees’ against damage or theft caused by a tenant; and is equivalent to one month’s rent. This is available for the first year of the tenancy. Applicants should be in receipt of benefits or be on a very low income and have a local connection the Mendip Area.

Tenancy Accreditation Scheme – applicable to 18yrs+ (in Mendip Council area)

An adaptable 6-10 week programme delivered through a modular workbook, which is available to anyone homeless, or at risk of losing their home. This help is offered in order to assist a person to develop the skills and knowledge required to improve their chances of securing and maintaining a tenancy.

Contact

For further information, please contact our Head of Supported Housing Somerset, Mandy Bulman.

Email: mandybulman@ymca-bg.org