With the ninth fastest rate of population growth in the UK, there is substantial housing pressure in Slough. Affordability is a key issue and with a social housing waiting list of over 7,000 people, youth homelessness is sadly not uncommon. Slough YMCA play a vital role in providing a safety net for young people facing homelessness.
We partnered with SEGRO, the property investment and development company, to fund Slough YMCA's project to extend a house for care leavers aged 16-17 years old. We also arranged for SEGRO to provide pro bono project management, planning and construction advice which has drastically reduced the project costs.
There are already five young care leavers living at the house and the extension means there are more places available. The residents can live independently in a secure environment with the look and feel of a domestic family home and have the opportunity to eat and socialise together. A key worker from the YMCA is on site 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of the young people and to offer support.
The Slough YMCA chairman said: "we are indebted to SEGRO and LandAid who not only funded this extension but provided technical resources and expertise.”