About the Organisation
One YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in body, mind and spirit. Inspired by, and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive and energising communities that are open to all, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.
We have served the communities in Hertfordshire for 135 years and we reach 1000’s of people each day. We work with all ages, faiths and backgrounds, as part of a global network of 14,000 YMCAs.
We deliver a range of programmes and services that tackle the issues facing local people and ensure that there are opportunities for young people throughout our work, from apprentices to work experience and childcare to youthwork.
The diverse range of services, programmes and initiatives that we offer in order to support our local communities to belong, contribute and thrive, include:
- Support & Advice – Includes our Youth Work, Chaplaincy and Therapeutic & Specialist services.
- Accommodation – We run four hostels and provide supported living facilities.
- Family Work – our Early Childhood Partnership and Hertfordshire Family Centre Services.
- Health & Wellbeing – Our gyms and community HUBs are vital to improve the lives of our community.
- Training & Education – our nurseries and early lives education programmes.
- Woodlands Café – Our exciting new Woodlands Café in Leavesden Country Park.
One YMCA’s Place & Environment team are seeking to improve their future service planning, through the development of a robust estates strategy document.
To achieve this, they are seeking best practice advice on their approach, as well as support to catalogue, analyse, and manage the properties they lease and own.
Specifically, One YMCA would be grateful for pro bono support with any of the following:
- To understand what the YMCA estate looks like, what they own/lease etc. and ensuring that they are complying with the relevant regulations.
- Analysis of the current estate to determine:
- if each asset is meeting requirements (in terms of stage 1-5 provision etc.
- cost benchmarking (rent + costs per unit vs funding received)
- assessment of principle lease terms
- property specific factors (e.g. state of repair, EPC rating etc.
- A prioritisation system for our managing the holding, disposal, and relocation of assets
- Means to future proof provision e.g. moving to a hub and spoke model, in response to differing local authority approaches to social housing.