Unlike other YMCAs, we don't hold any beds. However, our homelessness prevention and crisis support work is an invaluable resource as a 'first port of call' to young people in need in Newcastle.

While the local authorities state there are only 200 homeless people within Newcastle, we know from our work each day on the front-line that the true figures are much higher, particularly among young people. Many young people are the 'hidden homeless'- sofa-surfing at their friend's homes or in hostels, and not always sleeping rough. 

YMCA Newcastle provides intense, 1-1 support to young people experiencing a crisis such as being made homeless or having experienced violence and abuse. 

We provide food, drink, clothing and unlimited access to telephones and computers. Our youth workers will support you to navigate the bureaucracy involved in setting up a home and we sign-post to specialist support services to help young people overcome their personal crises. We can also help you to access hardship grants where necessary and write an application on your behalf. 

330 young people in Newcastle made use of our intense, 1-1 crisis support and accommodation services last year. 
We also provide support on issues such as substance misuse, family breakdown, long-term unemployment and a range of other contributory factors to homelessness; empowering these young people to overcome their crises and develop in mind, body and character. 

Could you help a young person from Newcastle in crisis? 

Donate to this appeal or why not fundraise for this cause by sleeping rough so others don't have to? You can hold your own Sleepeasy event and create your fundraising page on this site by following this link.