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YMCA Leicester - The Y

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young single homeless people aged 16-25 with low to medium support needs. Includes care leavers, young offenders and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Who we cannot help

Unmanaged addictions. Schedule 1 offenders. Sex offenders. Danger to self or others. Recent history of arson.



Minimum age accepted


Maximum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Referrals to East Street or Aylestone Centre for High/Med support needs via Leicester City council Housing Options service. Referrals to shared houses for low support for people in education, employment or training can be accepted directly to The Y.

Referral procedure

Referrals via Leicester City Council Housing Options Service or contact The Y in person or by phone for further advice.

Length of stay

Minimum stay

≤ 1 Year

Maximum stay

2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Staff based on-site 24 hours, night premises officers. On-call emergency system. Keywork system. Staff provide practical and emotional support around life skills, budgeting, benefits, finding training/employment.

Total spaces



Across all premises: En-suite bedrooms - 70. Self-contained flats – 17. Bedrooms with shared bathroom / kitchens - 15.

Further information

Public transport

Nearest Train Station is Leicester Train station (LEI) – 2minute walking distance from East Street, Aylestone Centre is on multiple Arriva bus routes including 84, 84A, 85 and 87.