Who lives at the communities?
Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds, and include people who have:
- Moved on from care agencies
- Experienced family breakdown
- Experienced homelessness
- Experienced drug or alcohol problems
- Experienced mental health problems
Wherever they come from, we work with the residents to become part of our community. We provide them with accommodation, food and personal items, as well as a self-directed personal development allowance.
They can also get involved with structured activities like training and development, community-based initiatives and social and leisure events.
A small staff team also works at each community. Their role is to:
- Assess the residents
- Offer structured key work
- Make sure everyone sticks to the rules and Community agreements
- Take overall responsibility for the project
- The staff work office hours but are available at any time if they’re needed.
As well as residents, each community has up to six residential volunteers who live at the community for either six or nine month placements. These volunteers are peers to the residents and so are also between 16-30 years old.
The volunteering role is to:
- Live alongside other young people and create a fun, secure and stimulating community.
- Work with residents to develop independent living skills and the confidence to move forward in life.
- Supporting residents to take part in activities and placements.
This is an excellent volunteering opportunity for people looking for a gap year or university placement in the charitable sector, offering great experience in the care or social work sector. We welcome volunteers from around the world.
The purpose of the Community is to provide a safe, stable, community environment for young people (16-30) to live learn and develop together, and we aim to do this by:
- Providing security, structure and boundaries
- Taking an holistic approach and providing a variety of experiences, including a City and Guilds qualification (Learning Power Awards).
- Enabling the transition into the wider community
For further information, please get in touch.