14-16 St Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3LT

Drop in between 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday

At Routes you can speak to:-

Housing Advice
Housing Benefit
YMCA Somerset Coast
Tel: 01278 726040

16 to 24 years old?

Homeless or in need of housing advice or information?

Routes is a One Stop Housing Information and advice hub for young people in Sedgemoor. Aimed at making housing options and routes into housing and independent living more accessible. Run by YMCA Somerset Coast in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council.

Not living in Sedgmoor but in need of help?

Routes is part of a wider strategy in Somerset called P2i or Pathways to Independence( link to Support and Advice _ P2i )aimed at tackling youth homelessness in Somerset.

If you are not in Sedgemoor and are in need of housing support please click here to find hubs like Routes in your area.

“It is just so handy to have it all under one roof. So if you don’t understand something on a form you need to fill out, or if it’s written in a complicated way, you can ask and they just help you.”


Other services accessible from Routes include:


The Tenant Accreditation Scheme equips people with the knowledge and skills needed to secure and maintain a private tenancy. Find out more here


The main cause of youth homelessness is a disagreement between family or having to leave a family home due to lack of space or financial reasons.

Our mediation service enables young people to stay in the family home and/or to improve family relationships. Family Mediation can resolve or find a safe solution to this common problem and prevents young people from becoming homeless by returning them back to the family home where appropriate.

Schools Awareness Programme

The Schools Awareness Programme raise’s awareness of homelessness in schools. It explores the issues young people face when they are in threat of homelessness or currently homeless and increases knowledge of housing options and routes into housing and independent living.

Find out more Link to Schools Awareness Programme


Nightstop is for young people with an urgent accommodation need. The Nightstop Scheme relies on volunteers who have space in their homes, opening their doors to a young person for a short time – usually no more than 1-3 nights.
Host families are volunteer families who have been approved and trained by us. A host family will provide a room own, an evening meal and access to wash facilities.

Find out more about Nightstop here

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