New Roads

About the project

The New Roads project provides community accommodation for young refugees and migrants.


Southend YMCA is committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We believe every young person has the right to have his or her basic needs fulfilled, has the right to protection from abuse and exploitation and the right to express his or her opinion and to be respected.


Our safe, cosy and welcoming spaces provide a place of refuge as applications for asylum are processed.


Independent and confidential information, advice, guidance and support is provided by our floating support team. All with the aim of assisting young people to live independently and become members of our local community. We work very closely with social services and the young person’s social worker.

The project may only be accessed through social services who are the placing authority.

How we can help

Young people are able to live with dignity as their claim for asylum is processed.


Young people are offered 1-2-1 and group support so they can:


  • Think about their future

  • Engage in positive activities and the life of the wider community

  • Keep themselves safe and healthy 

  • Learn skills and gain experiences that can progress them towards work

  • Engage with British values

  • Live independently

"New roads...a space for refuge and restoration"

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Southend YMCA

Southend's Leading Children's Charity - Southend-on-Sea Young Mens Christian Association (Southend YMCA)

Registered Charity Number: 1102837 (registered in England); Limited Liability

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Social Housing: Number: 4853

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85 Ambleside Drive,

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