The young people we work with are among the most vulnerable in Coventry. Lack of adult support is common leading to chaotic lifestyles. Serial homelessness is a feature with ‘sofa surfing’ at friends’ houses hiding the true extent of the problem and limiting access to statutory support. For some of our young people we are regarded as ‘home’, the only place they feel part of and loved and cared for
The young people ‘opt in’ to use our services and engage as much or as little as they choose. Activities offered are changed regularly following consultation with the young people each term, as are the support services we offer.
Although we have only been a separate charity since 2013, the work at Bardsley House has been established for over ten years. The founder noticed the number of young people with nowhere to go in Coventry city centre and decided to reach out and provide a safe and supportive environment for them in the city. Holy Trinity Church and Coventry Cathedral became involved, and the project was run for many years by Coventry Cathedral who gave the use of Bardsley House and employed the leader. The Cathedral continues to support us by donating the use of Bardsley House, paying utility bills and maintaining the building.
In the Summer and Autumn of 2014, we noticed a significant increase in young people coming to us who were struggling with homelessness. We decided to respond but didn’t know what would be the best thing to do. With Urban Hope, a pioneer Church of England Church whom we work closely with, we received a grant from the Together Fund to produce a report about the situation in Coventry and what gaps in provision there were. As a result of this our Homeless Hub was established.
We have close links with Urban Hope, a pioneer Church of England church based at Coffee Tots in the City Centre. Indeed, the church arose out of the work of Coffee Tots and Bardsley Youth Project as it became clear that a new way of being church was needed. Links with Urban Hope allow us to continue to care for young people into adulthood.
We are a partner project of Frontier Youth Trust initiative, Centre Point, Homeless link and Positive youth Foundation
CIT Awards 2015, Silver Winner
Christian Funders Forum 2016, Best Innovative Youth Project Gold Winner