Supported accommodation in the centre of Gloucester
St Michael’s House was opened in May 2015, with funding from Gloucester City Council, the Homes & Communities Agency and a very generous grant from the Summerfield Charitable Trust. This was the YMCA’s first supported housing project in Gloucester City centre. Accommodation comprises 16 fully furnished, en suite rooms, with 4 or 6 rooms sharing a communal kitchen area.
Working in close partnership with Gloucester City Council, St Michael’s is home to those who have been identified as most in need of safe and secure accommodation.
Personal development plan
The small staff team works closely with each resident, together developing a personal plan which focuses on gaining the necessary skills to move from the YMCA into fully independent accommodation in the community. Being a small project, the environment is friendly and welcoming, with each individual being encouraged to belong, contribute and thrive.
The importance of St Michael’s House and its impact on the lives of individuals can be clearly seen from various testimonials that have been received.
“Over the past 5 years I have endured accommodation of a poor standard… When I was referred to St Michael’s House and visited for the first time, it was like a five star home and I can honestly say it feels like a home I can be proud of.”
“For the first time in a long time I was able to undertake household chores by doing my own washing, keeping my room tidy and personal hygiene. These are things I had no previous motivation for.”
“There have been times I have felt unsure but [the staff] always cheer me up by praising me.”
“When I first moved to the YMCA I was very timid and unsure what I would do with my life. I am still a little timid but thanks to [the staff] and the residents I don’t avoid shared areas anymore.”
How to get help
If you, or someone that you know, is experiencing homelessness or living in unsuitable accommodation and you think they can benefit from the support and safety that living at the YMCA can provide, please contact The Homelessness Team at Gloucester City Council on 01452 396396 in the first instance.