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Ryder House - supported housing for young people aged 16+

Safe, welcoming and supportive housing for young people aged 16+

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YMCA Ryder House provides safe, welcoming, supportive housing for 37 young men & women aged 16+ in furnished flats in central Tunbridge Wells.  Most would otherwise be homeless if it was not for our housing PLUS support. 

Our dedicated Housing Support Workers help every resident address any individual issues or problems, develop vital personal, social & life skills; look for training, secure work and/or meaningful volunteer opportunities; and gain the confidence & skills to live independently and take their place as a valued member of our wider community.  

For residents, Ryder House is more than a home.  They are actively engaged in decision-making, running residents’ meetings and youth inclusion activities; raising funds for special projects and raising awareness of the needs of other young people in Kent.  All young people in YMCA West Kent have the chance to do projects that encourage them to gain personal skills, team work experience and personal development by doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award - which we are licensed to deliver.


For more information about Ryder House, contact our Housing Support team on 01892 518505 or email

Ryder House - How to apply or refer someone for Supported Housing 

If you know of a young person in Kent who is in housing need, aged 16–18, you should contact your local KCC Social Services Team (Children’s & Families)

KCC Children's social services    County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ 
Call: 03000 41 11 11       Text relay: 18001 03000 41 11 11         Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm

KCC Adult social services and health      County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Call: 03000 41 61 61        Text relay: 18001 03000 41 61 61         Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm

If you know of a young person who is 18 plus, who is not a care leaver and has a local connection to Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Maidstone or Sevenoaks, take them to, or advise them to go to, the local Gateway in the town where they have a connection.  They can request an appointment with a local Housing Options Adviser, who can make referrals on their behalf.

For Social Services & Borough Councils wanting to refer young people aged 16-26 to YMCA Ryder House please:
Download and print this form, complete & email it to  or fax it to 08712 390 677 - Thanks. 


AFFORDABLE HOUSING - there is a real lack of affordable housing - for young people in particular - to move on to.

The Financial Times highlighted the issue in an excellent article "Working but Homeless" which features our work locally to solve this crisis. 

We are delighted to have 9 affordable flats [housing only - no support] near Ryder House - thanks to Habitat for Humanity, The West Kent Quakers and TWBC.  Contact us to find out more..

We were recently awarded a certificate for community contribution - click HERE to see the certificate