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YMCA Open Door

Open Door offers homeless young people (ages 16-24) accommodation in the homes of individuals, couples and families who live in the Black Country. A young person placed with a Host will receive support from YMCA Black Country Group to help them gain the confidence and skills they need to become independent adults.

We provide…

  • Emergency Nightstop:
    A young person, subject to passing a risk assessment, is given an emergency Nightstop placement with a Host family while a more permanent living situation is sorted out. Dinner, bed, and breakfast are provided on this service, and daystop if required.
  • Supported Lodgings:
    A vulnerable young person is placed in Supported Lodgings with a Host family for up to 2 years while homelessness remains a risk. Each individual is given a Project Worker, who works with them to develop skills for life. We encourage young people into education or employment to lead them into independence, and a sustainable future.
  • Respite Support:
    Young people already accommodated elsewhere can be referred for respite care from a few days to a few weeks.

Young People need to:

  • Have a desire for a sustainable adult lifestyle
  • Regulate their behaviour to accommodate house rules
  • Engage with Hosts and YMCA Open Door staff
  • The project is most suitable for 16-17 year olds but other ages are not automatically excluded.

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For more information on Open Door, please visit our website or contact the team on our details shown below:


Who to contact

Contact Name
Catherine Rayner
Contact Position
Supported Lodgings Assistant
0121 524 1957
YMCA Open Door


Become an Open Door Host?

YMCA is recruiting Open Door Hosts across the Black Country who can offer a temporary home to a young person.

Supported Lodgings Hosts

Supported Lodgings can last between one month up to two years. To become a Host for longer term Supported Lodgings you will need:

  • A safe home
  • A spare room in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley or Walsall
  • An ability to listen and respond appropriately
  • Patience and understanding
  • Some awareness of the needs of young people
  • Be able to provide at least one meal a day
  • A willingness to work alongside YMCA support staff
  • To undertake a criminal records check

What’s in it for you:

Providing Supported Lodgings offers you all sorts of rewards:

  • It is immensely rewarding to see a young person develop into a responsible adult who is making the most of the opportunities you have opened up for them.
  • It is a chance for you to use your resources and skills to make your community a better place for everyone.
  • You will receive a fee from the YMCA. The young person will also make a contribution towards food and other household bills. You should receive over £100 per week.

Nightstop Hosts

  • Nightstop placements are usually shorter than Supported Lodgings.
  • Nightstop Hosts are paid an allowance of £20 per night to cover their costs. The young person is provided an evening meal, bed for the night, breakfast, laundry facilities and basic toiletries. They can also talk to a supportive Host.
  • A placement can be overnight or up to two weeks and can mark the first step out of homelessness for a young person. Hosts are never alone in supporting the young person, the YMCA will be on hand if extra or more specific support is required.

What you need to become a Nightstop Host:

  • The passion to change a young life
  • A caring attitude
  • A spare room


Where to go

YMCA Western Gateway
Carters Green
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 9LG

Other Details


Age Ranges
16 - 24
Referral required
Referral Details

Young people have to present to their local as homeless, so that they can be referred on to the project. Unfortunately we cannot take self referrals due to cost implications.

Record Last Updated on: 28/03/2018

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