Reading, Padworth, Caversham

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Housing Management Team

Stephen Ritchie
Stephen Ritchie Housing Manager
About me
As Housing Manager I am responsible for both the Maintenance and Housing Support teams. The role includes maintaining room availability, managing rent collection and day-to-day management of the building. I enjoy the many challenges that housing young people transitioning to adulthood brings. “Every working day is different from the last”. Outside of work I'm passionate about sport and how it can benefit the individual and the community as one. I strongly believe that young people are given a bad press: every aspect of work delivered by YMCA Reading gives us an opportunity to celebrate and promote the successes and achievements of young people.
Steve Grimshawe
Steve Grimshawe Maintenance Supervisor
About me
As the Maintenance Supervisor, I oversee the upkeep and maintenance of the buildings and facilities. Additionally, I run classes in our purpose-built Workshop for children and young people who are referred to us from Readings Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). In these classes, I teach the learners a variety of wood-working skills with the ultimate aim of re-integrating the learner back in to mainstream education where possible.
Tony Henry
Tony Henry Housing Support Assistant
About me
I am a member of the Housing Support Team. My role places me at the forefront dealing with not just our residents but with visitors and our diverse range of user groups. I also work with the repairs team to ensure that room turnarounds happen as quickly as possible and that the rooms are fully stocked and ready for the next resident.
Tanika Davis
Tanika Davis Housing Support Assistant
About me
My role as a Housing Support Assistant is to advise our young people on their rent accounts and to support them if they begin to struggle with their finances.
Jason Bonner
Jason Bonner Night Housing Support Assistant
About me
Mamo Darboe
Mamo Darboe Bank Staff
About me
Howard Brooker
Howard Brooker Gardener (Volunteer)
About me

About our accommodation

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The Housing Support Team manage our 40 units of accommodation for single young people aged between 16 and 25.  Depending on the support needs of our residents, we have 24 studio flats, 12 cluster flats and 4 studio flats in our Young Family Unit.

We work in partnership with the local authority’s housing, social or leaving care services who refer young people into our service.  We do not take direct referrals from elsewhere.  Additionally, young people can also self-refer by presenting themselves to Reading Borough Council.

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