On Tuesday, October the 11th 2022 we opened our new building in Gloucester at St Michael’s Court. This is a very exciting time for YMCA Cheltenham as we expand our services in Gloucester. St Michael’s Court consists of 3 separate units of accommodation. The building was officially opened by Dame Janet Trotter DBE, CVO.
Number 3 St Michael’s Court
Number 3 St Michael’s Court comprises 4 separate self-contained studios which will provide a stable and secure environment for women leaving HMP Eastwood prison and classed as vulnerable. YMCA Cheltenham will be working alongside The Nelson Trust whose services include supporting women in the community who are in contact with the criminal justice system as well as drug addiction support.
This is a much-needed facility as Women prison leavers are particularly vulnerable upon release with 44.2% having no fixed abode.
Some of the issues women leaving prison face include:
- Sex Trafficking
- Street Homelessness
- Domestic Violence
- Substance Abuse
- Forced Prostitution
- Suicide / Self Harm.
If you wish to find out more about the challenges faced by women in the criminal justice system and the service we will be providing, plus how you can help them also please follow this link
Number 4 St Michael’s Court
Number 4 St Michael’s Court is composed of 3 self-contained studio flats and caters for YMCA residents on stage 4, the final stage of The PATHWAY HOME before they move on to a brighter independent future.
Number 6 St Michael’s Court
Number 6 comprises of 12 cluster flats with ensuite showers and toilets these flats share 4 Kitchens and is home to residents at stage 3 of The PATHWAY HOME
The PATHWAY HOME
St Michael’s Court will be a part of our new PATHWAY HOME provision in Gloucester we believe that every person that enters this programme will:
- Be fully tenancy ready
- Enjoy personal economic independence potential
- Be socially active
- Have positive support networks in place
- Experience personal resilience
- Continue to enjoy “Pathway Home” access
- Have experienced safety and reduction of harm
- Be protected from repeat homelessness