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YMCA HOUSING - supported housing for young people aged 16+ in YMCA Ryder House

Safe, welcoming and supportive housing for young people aged 16+

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YMCA HOUSING - supported housing & follow on affordable housing

YMCA Ryder House provides safe, welcoming, supportive housing for 37 young men & women aged 16+ in high quality furnished flats in central Tunbridge Wells.  Most young residents would be homeless if it was not for our housing PLUS support. 

Our professional team of dedicated YMCA Housing Support Workers help each resident address issues or problems, develop vital personal, social & life skills; look for training, secure work and/or meaningful volunteer opportunities; and gain self-confidence & skills to live independently and take their place as a valued member of our wider community.  In some cases residents are able to re-integrate into the family home but on a more appropriate adult-adult footing. 

For YMCA residents, Ryder House is more than a flat or even a home.  They actively engage in decision-making, run residents’ meetings & youth inclusion activities; raising funds for special projects & awareness of the needs of other young people in Kent.  All young people in YMCA West Kent can do projects to gain personal skills, team work experience & personal development [on a Duke of Edinburgh Award - which we are licensed to deliver].


For more information about YMCA Ryder House, contact our Housing Support team on 01892 518505 or email

YMCA Ryder House - How to apply or refer someone for Supported Housing 

If you know a young person in Kent who is in housing need [street homeless, sofa surfing, at risk at home, or at risk of becoming homeless] aged 16–18, you should contact your local KCC Social Services Team (Children & Families) as they now make all referrals.

If they are in immediate danger or risk of serious harm please call Kent Police on 999  [If you cannot call there is a text service - text 'register' to 999 and follow instructions before you can use this service]

KCC Children's social services    County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ 
Call 03000 41 11 11       Text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11         Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Call 03000 41 91 91       Text relay 18001 03000 41 91 91         Outside working hours & ask for duty team

For anyone aged 18 or older who is at risk of harm, or in need of support or care, contact:
KCC Adult social services & health      County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Call 03000 41 61 61        Text relay: 18001 03000 41 61 61         Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Call 03000 41 91 91       Text relay 18001 03000 41 91 91         Outside working hours & ask for duty team

If you know a young person in housing need who is 18 plus, who is NOT a care leaver and has a local connection to Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Maidstone or Sevenoaks, take them to, or advise them to go to, the local council or Gateway in the town they have a connection with.  Their staff can request an appointment with a local Housing Options Adviser or Housing needs advisor, who can make referrals to us.  Find your local Gateway here  see more about their support for those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness here

For Social Services outside Kent, or any Borough Councils wanting to refer young people aged 16-26 to YMCA Ryder House please:
Download and print this form, complete & email it to or fax to 08712 390 677.  Making a referral implies your authority / council will make arrangements to fully fund rent & support [if not already covered by existing contracts / commissioning].  We welcome enquiries from councils or other partners wanting to set up a funding agreement to ensure speedy access to our supported housing [including for short term assessment and support, respite, or into a shared 2 bed flats for couples or a young parent & child]  

YMCA AFFORDABLE HOUSING - there is a lack of affordable housing - for young people in particular - to move on to.

The Financial Times highlighted the issue in an excellent article "Working but Homeless" which features our work locally to solve this crisis. 
Download a copy [PDF] HERE  or read it on-line>

We are delighted to have 9 affordable flats [housing only - no support] near Ryder House - thanks to Habitat for Humanity, The West Kent Quakers and TWBC.  Contact us to find out more about our affordable housing in the Quaker Meeting House on 01892 518505 or email

We were recently awarded a certificate for community contribution by the Tunbridge Wells Civic Society click HERE to see the certificate


Safeguarding is a priority here - for children, young people and adults at risk of harm.  All YMCA staff & volunteers are subject to our safer recruitment policy including confidential references and DBS disclosure.   see all contacts and advice at