At Bardsley Youth Project we pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our young people. This means we are person-centred and the support we provide a young person with varies depending on their needs, experiences and aspirations.
Housing Support Drop-ins :
We provide weekly drop-ins at Bardsley house where young people can ask us any housing related queries in a relaxed youth centre environment. They can enjoy the social and entertainment aspects of the session (e.g. pool or Xbox) whilst waiting to speak to someone.
Young people often come to these sessions for support with the following:
Understanding their house hold bills ( for example, they might bring us their council tax letters to go over with them)
Applying for benefits
Setting up and using their home finder account to bid on social housing
Finding accomodation - If they do not have accomodation, or their existing accomodation arrangements are not safe, permeant or suitable
We also offer a similar drop-in service each week at a local supported accomodation facility - helping young people maintain their tenancy, household-bills, or finding accomodation for when they leave supported housing.
Our Engagement team are here to support young people through out their time of need. We support young people to find their way around the housing system, the benefits system, looking for a job or training etc. We can refer them to supported housing and support them to make a homelessness application to the local council.
We also offer emotional support and guidance and take the time to chat to and understand a young person and they support they feel they need.
We support them by going with them to appointments, being there for difficult phone calls of helping them to fill in forms they find confusing.
The engagement team prides itself on fulfilling the Bardsley moto of "Walking with Young People".
When young people do get a home of their own it is unfurnished. We help young people apply for benefits. We also help them apply for government grants to furnish their homes but this can take anything up to 11 weeks to be processed, so in the meantime they need basic items to be able to live and succeed in their new home. We have a limited number of loan items, and we give young people furniture generously donated by local businesses and the public.
Kitchen Starter Packs
We provide kitchen packs which consist of all brand new items that they would need to be able to cook and keep their kitchen clean until community support grants are processed. Kitchen packs include a microwave and George Foreman style grill so they will not go hungry for want of being able to heat up food.
Food Bank & Parcels
We have our own on-site food bank, giving young people the choice as to what we put in their food parcels. We will also on occasion deliver food parcels for those who can not attend the centre for any reason.
We offer food parcels for young people who are moving into supported housing that have not yet been able to make a claim for benefits. This helps them to survive the few weeks until they make a claim and get a payment.
Food parcels can also be used to help out young people who are in tenancies but have had an unexpected expenditure and find themselves low on food.
The Bardsley Youth Project provides young people with Hygiene packs that consist of all of the items women and men need to keep themselves clean.
We found a lot of young people struggled with the cost of affording basic hygiene items when they lost their accommodation or were waiting for benefit claims to come through.
We created hygiene packs that would last for 4 to 6 weeks for young people to take care of themselves. We wanted to lessen the impact of poor self-esteem that young people may experience if they do not have the means to wash, brush their teeth and take care of their menstrual needs.