Based in Kensington, this service supports 16 single homeless young people from 16 years of age with a range of support needs.
of customers gained paid work
of customers reduced their debt
of customers participated in education and training
Customers are referred to Beacon House by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Social Inclusion, Independent Support and Children and Families teams. Beacon House customers have medium to high support needs and have access to staff 24 hours a day.
When customers move in, we empower them to make decisions about their support, including choosing their Support Worker and times of 1:1 sessions. Our person centred approach enables customers to identify their existing strengths and skills so they can achieve their goals and aspirations. We also believe customers can move beyond their current support needs and achieve their full potential by developing new skills and accessing opportunities.
Each customer receives a starter pack containing cooking utensils and bedding. Whilst at Beacon House, customers engage in developing life and independent living skills including building self esteem, fostering positive relationships, cooking, budgeting and maximising income. Work around improving physical and mental health is supported by organisations such as Blenheim Community Drug Project.
Support into education, training or employment is tailored to individual needs, circumstances and goals on various levels. This includes initial advice, signposting to adult learning courses and support to access volunteering roles. Employment opportunities are also promoted through the Customer Employment Partnership . Customers are also supported to look at any underlying barriers to this, such as physical or mental health needs. This work is complemented by Spear, a specialist organisation that equips young people with the skills needed to find work.
Once customers are ready to move on they are supported to return to their family home if suitable, or look for lower support accommodation, or independent accommodation (usually shared housing in the private rented sector).
Beacon House consists of self contained flats. There is also a communal area, garden, and a skills room available to all customers.
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When I moved into Beacon House, I felt relieved. I needed to get my life back on track by getting into education and having an income, and being here has helped me achieve that. I’m in college and studying acting which I really enjoy because it gives you the freedom to be whoever you want to be. I feel like life is normal now, which is a good thing.
Browndon, a customer of Beacon House
*of those who left the service and needed support in this area.