YMCA Southend

Referral address

85 Ambleside Drive
Southend on Sea

Referral phone

01702 301301

Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young single homeless people at risk aged 16-25, with a local connection to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council area.

Who we cannot help

People with a history of violence or arson and Schedule 1 offenders.

  • Minimum age accepted: 16
  • Maximum age accepted: 25

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency. Many referrals come from YOT, Social Services, prison, Connexions, council. Goes through South End Access Point

Referral procedure

Phone or call in Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Applicants must complete Access Point Referral form which will be considered before offering interview.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 6 months
  • Maximum stay: 2 years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

2 full time and 5 part time members of staff, emergency on-call system. Security staff on duty nights Mon-Fri and weekends. Keywork system with meetings as required. Action plans. Provide advice on employment and training, counselling and practical help. 12 week self development course. Foyer training room available. Run accredited training courses.

Rooms and charges

£2.95pw required from residents in receipt of benefits.

  • Flats: 30
  • Total spaces: 30


  • Furnishings: Flats fully furnished.
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  • Disabled facilities: One flat accessible to wheelchair users. Grab rails, adapted shower and kitchen.
  • Other facilities: Lounge, IT suite, recording studio.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

No alcohol allowed in communal areas. Smoking allowed in own flats only. Assured shorthold tenancy reviewed after 6 months.


Maximum 3 per resident from 9am-12 midnight. 1 overnight guest per resident up to 3 nights a week.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Southend East train station: 3 mins walk. Buses 1, 26: bus stop 5 mins walk.


Call: 01702 431676 for volunteering enquires.


We accept food, Household goods, Clothes and monetary donations. Please call : 01702 301301 for further information.

Is this page accurate?

If you work for YMCA Southend and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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