17 March 2021






New Development to Support Homeless Provision in Cardiff


YMCA Cardiff Group is excited to announce that work will soon be commencing on a brand new development at its main site on The Walk in Cardiff.

The 31 unit development will support the current work of the association in combatting homelessness across the city. Designed as a first step to independent living, each unit will contain kitchen facilities, an en-suite bathroom, living space and a private bedroom. Work will commence at the end of March with an initial 12 units being developed in the first phase.

Every year, the YMCA supports over 1000 individuals at risk of homelessness across the city and this new development will further assist with the transformation of our services to focus more on training, education, employment and rapid rehousing options. These new units will form part of our in house move on service, working as a stepped introduction back into independent living in the community.

Andrew Templeton, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“This is a really exciting development for the city and the YMCA. I am particularly pleased that we are able to redevelop our old gymnasium and theatre provision at The Walk into new independent housing accommodation for our service users. Following on so quickly from our new young person’s centre build at YMCA Plas last year, this is clear evidence again that the YMCA is reacting quickly to not only the impact of the  pandemic but also the needs of the local community and the city. I would like to take this opportunity to thank again Welsh Government and the Hodge Foundation who have assisted us in developing this vision.”

Speaking on behalf of the Hodge Foundation, Karen Hodge said, “We are delighted to be able to continue to support YMCA and the excellent work they do in providing essential services to those in need. The new development at The Walk will provide much needed independent accommodation in a safe and supported environment.  Having a safe space to stay can help support people so that they may have the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to go on to lead independent lives.” 

The project has been made possible by grants from the WG Homelessness Prevention Grant (Support, Plan, Build) programme and The Hodge Foundation.


For more information please contact Catrin Anthony-Evans (Communications Officer) on 02920 465250 or catrin.anthony-evans@ymcacardiff.wales.