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Beacon House

Located in Kensington, Beacon House supports 16 single young people from 16 to 25 years of age.

In the last year:

80%

of customers who wanted to engage in education and training did so

67%

of customers reporting a need to improve their mental health management did so

75%

of customers who needed to obtain new settled accomodation did so

Beacon House consists of self-contained flats. Young people staying with us have access to staff 24 hours a day and there is a communal lounge, garden, and skills room. Customers are referred by the Borough’s Social Inclusion, Independent Support and Children and Families teams; they normally have medium-to-high support needs.

When customers move in, we empower them to make decisions about their support from the very start, such as choosing their support worker and the times of 1:1 sessions. Our approach focuses on encouraging them to identify their strengths and goals. From there they can choose how they want to progress, and take ownership of their journey into independence.

Each customer receives a starter pack to help them settle in, and while at the service they can develop independent living skills like cooking, budgeting, fostering positive relationships and building their self-esteem. Our Health and Wellbeing team deliver mental health support, in partnership with external organisations like Insight.

Support into education, training or employment is tailored to individual circumstances. We offer advice, and we connect customers to education opportunities and volunteering roles. Alongside this, we explore underlying barriers that they may face to accessing these things,  like physical or mental health needs. This work is often done in partnership with partners like Spear.

When customers are ready to move on, we help them to do so. That might mean that they return to their family home, or look for less supported or fully independent accommodation. Fully independent options are usually shared housing in the private rented sector.

If you would like to support Beacon House, find out how here.

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