At the heart of the community

YMCA Dulverton Group have been running The Beach Hotel in Minehead for over five years. Following government guidance, they have quickly reacted to the needs of the community. The hotel is now supporting Somerset West and Taunton Council to provide additional rooms for the homeless, during these unusual times.

The group have been working in collaboration with the council to provide the support for those in need. They have welcomed many people through their doors to ensure they have a safe space to isolate. Since the 3rd April, they have made available 24 rooms from The Beach Hotel to rough sleepers, they are currently hosting 16 people.

The team have been working exceptionally hard to support this transition from collecting donations to making meals and creating space for everyone. The Great Western Hotel in Taunton (also part of the YMCA Dulverton Group) has been made available to the Covid-19 response team and continues to provide secure and safe accommodation to key workers from Musgrove Park Hospital.

Their chefs’ team are now helping feed over 230 families and young people throughout Somerset West and Taunton, Sedgemoor, and North Somerset. They are providing over 3000 meals a week.

Dave Jackson, Director of Social Enterprises at the YMCA Dulverton Group said, “As social enterprise with young people and the community at our heart, it was imperative that we used our knowledge team and resources to benefit a community that would otherwise be missed during this crisis. I’m so proud of the team for their flexibility, their commitment and their tireless effort to help people out. Always providing outstanding customer care to every guest.”

“We look forward to the day when we can look back on this time and know that as a community that we came together to support each other.”

Please see The Beach Hotels Facebook page for updates.

For more information about the work the YMCA Dulverton Group do, please visit their website.

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