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Supported Accommodation and Supported Lodgings

If you are in care and are on the journey to leaving care you may want to consider accessing supported accommodation.  These services are also open to young people that are facing homelessness or in unsuitable accommodation.

  • You have to be between the ages of 16-25
  • You will have access to your own room or self-contained flat and other facilities such as kitchen and laundry
  • You will be supported with developing independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, paying bills and budgeting
  • You will be supported with accessing external services (e.g. substance misuse, mental health, GP, Social Care, dentist etc.)
  • Each young person is provided with a keyworker and a bespoke support package
  • You will have support with finding permanent accommodation in the community
  • You will get help with finding educational, training or employment opportunities
If you want to access accommodation in the Lancaster District you will need to contact Lancaster City Council Housing Options: Tel: (during office hours): 01524 582257 or out of hours emergency enquiries: Tel: 01524 67099
If you want to access accommodation in Preston, Fylde or Wyre please Contact us for details on how to be referred.

Supported Accommodation

We have 4 supported accommodation sites which are located in Preston, Morecambe and Lancaster and have a total of 63 bed spaces.  Some of these sites also offer emergency accommodation.

Supported Lodgings

Supported Lodgings provides accommodation in the homes of people who live in the community.  We have lodgings available in Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre.  We provide a safe place to live with a Barnardo's approved householder, a stepping stone to independence and a home environment with someone who has a genuine interest in your future.

Supported Lodgings are always seeking to recruit new householders. Contact us for more details.

Preston Nightstop

If you need somewhere to stay in an emergency, Nightstop offers a safe place to stay for a short period of time. You will get:

  • an evening meal
  • your own room
  • a chance to have a bath or shower
  • use of a washing machine
  • breakfast
You will need to be referred by an agency to access this accommodation. You can be referred by a variety of agencies including Preston City Council Housing Advisory Service and Lancashire County Council Children's Social Care. Contact us for more details.

Homelessness Prevention Project

If you live in Preston and are aged 16 or 17 and having problems at home, need housing advice and are at risk of becoming homeless then this project may be able to help you.  We provide:

  • intensive support and holistic interventions for young people and, where appropriate, their families
  • information and advice on housing, family and related issues
  • assistance for you and your family to access services i.e. money and benefits advice, substance misuse services, counselling, careers and educational services and mediation
  • help to access hobbies and interests, support in improving your communication skills and building your confidence
You can refer yourself by contacting the project worker on 07500 968 563, 01772 881380 (Barnardo's) or 01772 906412 (Preston City Council Housing Advice Service).

Homelessness Advocacy Project

This project may be able to help you if you live in Preston and are aged 16 to 25, homeless, at risk of homelessness or in housing need.

We provide:

  • Help with finding out about your housing options
  • Help and support in safeguarding or crisis situations
  • Help with understanding your statutory rights
  • Help with obtaining information about being a child in need or becoming looked after
  • Making sure you obtain the right support
  • Help with the transition into adult services
  • Help with speaking up
You can refer yourself by contacting the project worker on 07500 968 563, 01772 881380 (Barnardo's) or 01772 906412 (Preston City Council Housing Advice Service).

The MAX Service (Male Adult Conditional Caution Scheme)

The MAX Service works with young men aged 18 - 25 and is funded by Lancashire Constabulary.  Young men who have been issued with a conditional caution when in custody will be expected to work with the MAX Service as part of the conditions of the caution.  They will be allocated a support worker who will work with them on a one to one basis and provide advice and support around the following areas:

  • Accommodation
  • Education, Training and Employment
  • Health
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Finance, Debt and Benefits
  • Children and Families
  • Lifestyle and Associates
  • Impact of own behaviour

Young men aged 18 - 25 who have recently been in custody can also make a voluntary referral into the service. Contact us for more details.