Beach Hotel – YMCA Somerset Coast
YMCA Somerset Coast has taken a ground breaking approach to delivering housing and how we as a YMCA can embed ourselves in the community, while at the same time provide opportunities for training and employment.
The Beach is a unique social enterprise that works on three levels.
The business face of the building offers a high-level hotel experience, which has established itself as a top quality enterprise and an award winning hotel and restaurant.
Implicit in this activity is our second tier: we take youngsters in housing crisis, accommodate them and provide a top quality training programme that has seen our youngsters go from the streets to Michelin starred kitchens. We are able to offer apprenticeships in Hospitality, Catering and Property Management.
Added to this is our third tier: Consisting of 23 supported housing units, comprising rooms, bedsits and self-contained flats, young people are helped to learn how to live independently and through the Tenant Accreditation Scheme, helped to move on when they are ready.
Over the past four years we have taken a failing seaside hotel, given it a new life and supported over 200 young people in housing, more than 30 in apprenticeship offers, and provided a fantastic hotel experience for more than 45,000 guests. One of our first residents, whose destiny was set to be a life in and out of court and prison, became an apprentice chef with us and has gone on to be a success at Michelin Star level. He is now looking to pass on the transformative experience to others who have been misunderstood and misplaced.