Supported Accommodation

Providing supported housing and flats to homeless individuals and families in Glenrothes



Supporting people in Glenrothes to lead healthy and independent lives



Connecting the Glenrothes community to social, educational and life skills opportunities


What We Do

Y Academy

Y Academy

Increasing stability for people affected by homelessness.

YMCA Glenrothes recently secured three years funding for a new project to support people aged 16-50 in Glenrothes who are affected by homelessness. Y Academy offers a variety of learning opportunities which aim to improve health, confidence and increase the chances of individuals sustaining future tenancies.

Y Academy offers a six week rolling programme delivered within the Homeless Supported Accommodation in Glenrothes to make it accessible for individuals and encourage engagement from residents. Various local agencies contribute within the programme helping to increase individual’s access to future learning opportunities within the community. The Programme has a person centred approach therefore some activities are determined by the participants needs.

The Core Elements of the Programme include:

  • Outdoor Activities
  • Healthy Eating
  • Understanding Mental Health and Well Being
  • Tenancy Management
  • Peer Support

YMusic Project

Changing the lives of young people through creativity and music.

Running every Tuesday night, The YMusic Project aims to equip and change the lives of young people. The Project offers the learning of various musical instruments, singing, production and live performance. The project also offers band rehearsal spaces as well as guitar tutorials.

YMusic Project
Homeless Accommodation

YSA Supported Homeless Accommodation

Supported temporary housing for those facing homelessness in Glenrothes.

Through the provision of Y Supported Accommodation (YSA), YMCA Glenrothes has been one of the largest providers of temporary accommodation in Fife for 25 years.

Each night the YMCA supports 59 homeless men and women, in shared flats in Auchmuty and other flats throughout the Glenrothes area. YMCA Glenrothes also has one hostel for young 16-19 year olds called The Farmhouse. Regardless of where a person is accommodated, all staff assist residents to improve their independent living skills. Support is provided by a friendly team consisting of Case Workers and Accommodation Workers who help residents with:

  • Cooking
  • Substance dependency
  • Neighbourhood relations
  • Tenancy and benefits management
  • Relationship issues
  • Housekeeping
  • Employability management of debt and income

Thinking Differently Project

Promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing alcohol harms.

Thinking Differently was initially funded in 2013, as one of three projects piloting new approaches to reducing alcohol and health harms across Scotland. Its aim is to engage young people, parents and families in a broad range of alcohol and health related learning opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce alcohol harms.

Within the Thinking Differently project we run a number of successful programmes such as:

  • Peer Education Programmes
  • Teen Parent Group – centred on themes of parenting, health and lifestyle choices
  • Family Learning
  • Alcohol and health training for parents – includes Alcohol Brief Interventions
  • Alcohol and health awareness sessions
  • Creating local messages on alcohol and health – radio adverts, social media campaigns
  • Summer and Easter activities for families

Based on the positive impact these programmes have had on the local community, this work will continue until 2019.

Empty Homes Project

Transforming empty houses into homes for individuals who have experienced homelessness.

YMCA Glenrothes primarily focuses on reducing and eradicating homelessness. As part of our approach to tackling this issue, we deliver and drive our ‘Empty Homes Project’.

Through this initiative we actively purchase and refurbish low-cost flats in Glenrothes which have been empty for 6 months. The overall objective of this project is to transform these properties from empty homes into longer term tenancies for individuals who have experienced homelessness.

Who We Work With