What we do
Supported Accommodation and Supported Lodgings
We provide supported accommodation for young people aged 16 – 25. These services are open to children in care and to young people who are leaving care who are not quite ready to live independently. These services are also open to young people that are facing homelessness or in unsuitable accommodation.
Supported accommodation is a stepping stone to independence for young people. With expert advice and vital emotional support young people can eventually find safe housing of their own and begin living independently.
All of our sites are staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and offer support to help young people develop independent living skills. Young people stay for between 3 months and 2 years. There is also provision for emergency placements at some of the sites.
We provide supported accommodation in the following sites:
- Merriweather – 11 units – Preston
- Preston Foyer – 16 units – Preston
- 2a High Street – 7 units – Lancaster
- Morecambe Foyer – 29 units – Morecambe
Lancashire Supported Lodgings
Accommodation is provided in the homes of people who live in the community who are trained and vetted by Barnardo’s staff. Support is offered to the young people to develop independent living skills; placements are available in Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde and can last for up to 2 years.
A Supported Lodgings householder offers a safe, supportive and friendly home environment at this crucial time. We know this experience can quite simply transform the lives of young people, enabling them to look forward to a brighter future.
Preston Nightstop provides temporary, emergency accommodation in the homes of volunteers in the community in Preston to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless.
This project is a partnership between Barnardo's, Lancashire County Council Children's Social Care and Preston City Council Housing Advice Service. Homelessness prevention is specifically for 16/17 year olds; we aim to work with the young person and their family in the first instance to try and prevent the young person from becoming homeless or looked after by the Local Authority. We do this by providing intensive support and holistic interventions to the young person and their family.
Homelessness Advocacy works with young people in Preston who are threatened with homelessness, who are living in unsuitable accommodation or require support from services. We provide young people with the information they need to make informed choices when accessing statutory services. We also work with the young person to ensure that they have access to a safe and stable home.
MAX Service (Male Adult Conditional Caution Scheme)
We work in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary and work with male adults aged 18 to 25. Interventions are targeted at reducing vulnerability and crime and to improve the life chances of young men involved in or at risk of engaging in criminality. Each young person is allocated a key worker who works with them on a one to one basis. Support is provided on a range of issues including accessing employment, education or training, homelessness prevention and housing options, accessing finances, health, substance misuse issues, understanding the impact of their behaviour, signposting and accessing other services.