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YMCA Training: Dencora House Detention Centre

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If you have been on this website for more than 10 seconds you will read Dencora House, Dencora House, Dencora House!  You may be thinking “What’s this Dencora House you talk of?”  Well it is a “training centre” operated by a faith charity called YMCA Training who happily receives £20 million from the Government every year –  and this article sets out the reasons why we go on about Dencora House so much! Well worth the read…They say a picture tells a thousand words… so we will start off with some pictures of Dencora House:

But before we do here is a map of Ipswich and Dencora House is where the star is. Notice of how far it is placed?

Dencora House Ipswich: Map

Where Dencora House is… Dencora House is on an industrial estate – a high area of air pollution.

Dencora House on an Industrial Estate

Dencora House:

Dencora House is complete isolation
Dencora House is a detention centre located on Whitehouse Industrial Estate – isolating New Deal participants from society. Even in an industrial estate, the property has a perimeter fence, the entrance is a vast distance from the main road and towards the opposite side the place is shielded from an even busier road by trees – it is good to see trees but I can’t help thinking that this place was chosen to keep the unemployed away from the town centre where most of the towns jobs actually are: funny that …and also where all the recruitment agencies are and the Jobcentre. They think the unemployed goes around creating crime such as stealing so sticking a large group of them in an industrial estate seems a way of solving that problem.

Dencora House:

Dencora House: a detention centre!
Another view of the Dencora House detention centre. Located in an area of high air pollution in a run down area – not that we can claim we would be extremely healthy anyway as healthy eating is out of the window when you are a Jobseeker on such low income. New Deal participants at YMCA Training’s Dencora House detention centre are kept in designated areas either in 2 breakout areas indoors or in the small green area round the back (shown to the right in the above picture) with the lovely views of some electrical inverters (to sit on?) and of course the perimeter fence a constant reminder of how great life is in the open prison of Dencora House detention centre. Of course you could risk walking out of the centre to hunt for somewhere to get food but don’t push your luck or be exited. New Deal participants feel isolated and trapped – the Dencora House detention centre is very inconvenient to travel to and I live in Ipswich so some sympathy for those who have to travel in from further away on a daily basis.

Either side of the building (notice to the left the shape of roof from the angle of that picture) are metal stairs which are a major slip, trip and fall hazard especially when it has been raining and some makeshift signs (print them out, stick in a polypocket… not even laminated) which are barely readable and not waterproof were made and still remains there… they decided that drilling a few wholes in the platforms on the first floor of the stairs to prevent smokers using it as shelter woulkd also fix the Health & Safety problem.

What makes me laugh is how the disabled parking bays are those furthest from the building – I guess it was just a task to keep our minds occupied for a split second. It can’t be Disability Discrimination Act compliant that those with physical disabilities have to travel further than those who are more able. The bus stop is 400 meters away. There are 5 toilets: 1 is strictly for staff which normally means it is shared between 2 people due to YMCA Training’s constant understaffing and 4 toilets to be shared between New Deal participants – which is one toilet per a classroom. YMCA Training typically have an overcrowding problem so only 4 toilets is a big deal – those who were unable to make it at break or lunch will have to risk being exited by going at other times. I was one of the unlucky ones who got caught and because I couldn’t prove that I went to the toilet because obviously I flushed the toilet (I thought that was a good thing) I was presumed to have been wandering around wasting time and therefore guilty of a misconduct offence. Lucky enough I didn’t have to reattend the Dencora House detention centre. Of course the 4 toilet only situation gets worse when some idiot sticks paper towels down there and blocks a toilet up. It has been known for 3 toilets to go out of order in the same day for this reason. It is normally a few days for the problem to be solved.

Classrooms are out of bounds at break and lunch and the 2 small breakout areas are shared – each having a water dispenser which typically needs refilling – with around 2 classrooms per a breakout area. The YMCA Training Dencora House open prison Detention Centre consists of 5 separate units with a door between each one and 5 fire exits. The training room has sole use of one fire exit. One fire exit is at the reception. One fire exit is for the sole use of Sally Smith Assistant Manager. The other two fire exits are partially obstructed by tables, chairs (with and without people sitting on them) and people standing which obstruct the fire escape route. Unless you walk through the building and exit via another door (not really an option in a fire emergency) you always have to ask people to come through and squeeze past. The people obviously wouldn’t be a problem in that scenario but the tables and chairs left behind will be.

The system of the fire exits are as follows: if facing the fire exit doors from the inside as you walk through there are two doors. To the left is a toilet to the right is the outside door. You are looking at roughly 40 people to a fire door but more numbers are likely to use the 2 where the breakout areas are as they are closer. You first have to open the internal door which then closes on its self then open the external door which is trickier to open. Generally people will hold the door so it doesn’t close completely but not fully open (proping internal door with a chair would be an large obstruction which would do more harm then good) this delays the time of evacuation. Lets hope no one was using the toilet at that time, would cause a bigger bottleneck.

As you could probably well imagine, being at Dencora House detention center for 30 hours a week doing unsupervised job search with constant threats of instant dismissal for trivial things including going to the toilet when one is next available or getting a drink of water is not a fun task.

Now you have seen and heard about Dencora House yourself Mr Cameron do you still think claiming Jobseekers Allowance is a “something-for-nothing” culture when you have to do a painstaking 30 hours Job search a week for 3 months to claim an extra £15 a week (which is spent for the £4 travel deduction and food) when you should be gaining “a work-like experience”?


Written by Universal Jobmatch

May 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

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  1. […] familiar with that hellhole describes it: “Dencora House is a detention centre located on Whitehouse Industrial Estate – isolating […]

  2. […] will result in a lot of people nationwide (especially in Ipswich) to be stuck in places such as Dencora House Detention Centre to spend 13 weeks wasting away and being mistreated.  This is because the New Deal contracts end […]

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  4. how true is this page on a scale of 1 to 10? , my answer is 11, i have been doing the dencora house bit for 7 weeks now, where you get told to search for a job on a pc, only problem is there is only 11 pc’s to use between about 90 to 100 prisoners daily, that packed you cannot even find a seat, i better stop now or this will go on for hours.


    July 17, 2009 at 8:19 am

  5. You may also be interested in why they left Wolsey House and moved to Dencora House detenction centre:


  6. […] published articles such as Dencora House detention centre and various news articles on “jobseekers being treated like cattle”  showing the poor […]

  7. […] House didn’t have planning permission. Wolsey House didn’t have planning permission. Dencora House got temporary planning consent until end of this month. 517 London Road does not have planning […]

  8. […] Dencora House didn’t have planning permission. Wolsey House didn’t have planning permission. Dencora House has temporary planning consent until end of this month. 517 London Road does not have planning […]

  9. […] places like YMCA Training’s Dencora House detention centre after an Induction Week which is done in the “Training Room” (although no training ever […]

  10. It still makes me giggle how far the disabled parking is compared to the normal parking spaces… where is the logic?

    Flexible New Deal

    November 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

  11. […] Those in Ipswich should contact Dencora House, YMCA Training. […]

  12. […] and YMCA Training holds full responsibility for the attendance of such person and therefore any consequences of such […]

  13. This new deal seems a total load of crap ivented by politician doo gooders who want everyone on jsa to work for rice grains has it ever occured to the numb sculls out there that some have paid over a 100k in ni in their working life so why shouldnt they get some help now.I dont mean the kind where evryone sits like total morons in a room 8hrs a day looking at old newspapers and sharing 3 computers amongst 30 people thats reall y going to be constructive when doing a job search on the net.its a total scam/con.


    July 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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