A new YMCA MK
In September 2019, a new YMCA MK will open its doors. With 199 rooms, a café, nursery and various meeting spaces, our new campus will be a community hub for the young people of Milton Keynes.
A pathway for residents to thrive
The campus will have 50 more rooms, 199 in total with a single access point and a tiered housing structure with residents moving through 3 stages of accommodation. Each stage will provide bigger and better accommodation and a different level of support.
Stage 1 – Belong a re-provision of our existing hostel with 30 rooms where residents will stay for 3 – 6 months while we get to know them and provide independent living skills, including cooking, budgeting, and managing a tenancy.
Stage 2 – Contribute will be shared accommodation in clusters of between 7 and 12 rooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Support at this stage will be focused on resident wellbeing – addressing issues of self-confidence, esteem and motivation.
Stage 3 – Thrive will be self-contained studios and 1-bed flats. In theory residents will have been supported to find employment by Stage 3 and support will be minimal. Rents will be at 80% of the market rate for a similar property and in the range of £100 per week – so affordable for young people in low-paid employment.
Our aim is to support all the young people who live in our building to leave us with a sense of wellbeing, suitable move-on accommodation and a job.
As well as the accommodation, the ground floor of our building will have a series of social enterprises that will offer employment and training opportunities to our residents as well as other facilities.
These will include a nursery and a café and income generated from these spaces will be used to fund our residential support programmes.
The result will be an outstanding facility to support young people in Milton Keynes.
You can help
Your donations will help us bring lasting change to our young people.