Open 8am-4pm Monday to FridayThe Y Advice & Support Centre (YASC) is our drop in centre for homeless people, based in Leicester City Centre, close to the train station. We see over 100 people a day with all kinds of pressing needs and no appointment is necessary. We seek to help everyone who comes through our doors and to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all.
Advice and Information
Education and ActivitiesThe day centre delivers a wide range of activities including home economics, IT, arts and diversity, creative writing, photography and jobs club. The sessions identify interests and capabilities, focussing on personal development, building on self-esteem personal achievements.
Medical ServicesA full range of health services is accessible via YASC, provided by The Homeless Primary Healthcare Service. Psychologists and mental health practitioners are also provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
"I think YASC provides an essential service, its range of activities is excellent and clients always talk about it positively. For some people it's a life-line in a crisis." - Dr. Debbie Tombs, Clinical Psychologist
"I know if it wasn't for this place a lot of people wouldn't manage." - YASC service user
"YASC was there for me at the lowest point of my life" - Former service user, now in employment
Volunteers/DonationsWe rely on donations in cash and kind to enable us to continue to provide a high level of service. We need help with:
- Volunteers to help with refreshments and fundraising
- Cash donations
- Donations of non-perishable food and toiletries
Partnership WorkingWe are located within the Dawn Centre, a unique project seeing all the main homeless services brought together under one roof, with The Y as the only voluntary sector provider. Close partnership working has resulted in the provision of high quality, seamless services for the community. The Dawn Centre also comprises:
- Leicester City Council's temporary accommodation and outreach team
- Leicester Homeless Health Care Service
- Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust