We provide a safe and welcoming place to live for 104 young people aged 16-25 years old at any one time. Residents stay up to two years during which time our staff give them the support they need to move towards independent living, employment, education and training. Our two main sites are located in Leicester city centre and Aylestone.


We have a mix of one–bed studio flats, four or six bed clusters with shared lounges and kitchens and shared houses for up to six people; all of which are furnished to a high standard. We have seven accessible flats specially designed and fitted to suit young people with disabilities at our main sites, with ground floor rooms available in our shared houses.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Accommodation is provided within our dedicated UASC house (for five young people) or within our other supported accommodation. We support children aged 16-17 up to the outcome of their asylum claim. Support covers education, language, healthcare, finances and independent living skills.


Every young person who moves into YMCA will have a dedicated Transition Coach and a support pathway, ranging from 24 hour high support needs, to semi-independent, low support for our one bed flats and shared move-on houses. Support includes;

Substance misuse

We aim for a drug and alcohol free environment, so we work with specialist agencies like Turning Point to help you.

Mental Health

Our Complex Needs Workers are able to provide intensive support to young people who have multiple needs.  This has been embedded into our service as part of our broader Shine project which has shaped our approach to working with young people who have experienced trauma.


Whilst living at YMCA residents can join in with activities and one to one sessions to help find a training course, prepare for work, or learn other skills that will boost confidence and help them to live independently.

How do I apply for accommodation?

Most of our accommodation is referred into by Leicester City Council Housing Options service see Get Help Now.

Direct Access:

We also have some additional accommodation that we can offer to people who are at risk or already homeless. If you are aged 16 – 25 and Housing Options are unable to help you, please visit our move on houses page for more information or contact us.


To email us choose Housing on the drop down list on the Contact Page

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"I was forced onto the streets, sleeping in abandoned buildings, cold and hungry, kipping on a mate’s sofa."

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We treat everyone with dignity and respect no matter what they have been through. We have developed a trauma informed approach that allows young people to feel safe and heard.