Across Eastbourne we operate three supported accommodation projects housing 29 young people within 29 units of independent living accommodation.

McKendrick House is a 17 bed Intensively Supported Residential Centre. We offer a holistic support package and actively encourage residents into education, training, employment or voluntary work. Whilst living with us residents will gain many essential life skills and social skills empowering them to move successfully into semi-independent or fully independent accommodation.

Barnabas House is our ‘move on’ project, providing accommodation for 9 young people aged 16-25. Most of our residents here will move here as a progression from McKendrick House. It is a step towards independent living and staff support is less intensive. We hope that after a successful period of time living at Barnabas House, young people will be supported into their own property, whether council owned or private rented.

Charlie’s Flats is a partnership project between East Sussex County Council (Care Leavers Service) and Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA, which opened in 2013. The project houses 16-17 year olds who are leaving care.

Our independent living accommodation is provided through a leasing scheme that brings empty properties back into use.  Properties are renovated and then offered as move-on accommodation for young people from our supported housing who are ready to live independently.

For information about our supported accommodation in Eastbourne contact us on 01323 412412 or email info@ymcadlg.org.


Our youth and community work comprises an extensive programme of activities and sessions for young people aged 11-24 across Eastbourne. Music projects, freestyle gymnastics, football and healthy living sessions are just some of the activities on offer. These sessions provide young people with the opportunity to try new activities, make new friends and access the support of staff and volunteers.

A significant part of our community-based work is Charlie’s Youth Access Centre, a drop-in service for young people aged 15-21. Staff are on hand to support young people with budgeting advice, college or job applications, and sign posting to other relevant services. It has a well equipped kitchen, washing machines and showers which can be used by all young people, as well as internet access and a pool table.

For more information on the projects taking place in this area call 01323 411718.


Our Homelessness Prevention project began in 2008 and provides workshops for school groups, educating young people on the problem of youth homelessness and the reality of independent living. The interactive sessions are always well received by students and staff alike where they achieve a number of PSHE objectives.

Wise Up is a project for girls working in secondary schools and community centres throughout Eastbourne. It offers a programme of activities, discussion and information, touching on different aspects of health – emotional, mental, physical and sexual. By creating a relaxed and informal environment we hope that the girls will be able to share their concerns and seek the advice and support of both staff and their peers.

If you would like to book sessions, or are interested in finding out more about our community-based groups please contact Chris King on chris.king@ymcadlg.org or 07967 274287.


Our Retirement Activities programme provides fun filled fitness & activity sessions for people of retirement age.  We currently deliver our sessions in over 40 different retirement living, rest homes, care & EMI homes not to mention social retirement groups in Eastbourne & areas across East Sussex. For further information call 01323 411718 or email actionzone@ymcadlg.org.