Beacon Leeds

Supported Housing for a Brighter Future

What does The Service do?

Turning Lives Around is the lead partner in a Leeds city-wide initiative that helps homeless people with multiple and complex needs who are vulnerable. Beacon was launched in 2017 and delivered by a consortium including Turning Lives Around, Touchstone and Foundation. Each partner brings specific and unique skills and experience that enables us to intervene to prevent homelessness for those at risk. This combined approach ensures the optimum service for our clients. We also work closely with other agencies, such as Forward Leeds and Engage, to further support our clients.

Who do you support ?

Beacon provides three types of accommodation for our clients, and all provide support. We have self-contained flats with essentials and white goods provided, shared accommodation and Intensive Support Environments (ISEs). The ISEs provide on-site, round-the-clock support in a hostel environment.

Eligibility Criteria for Beacon:

  • Be over 16 years old and have an established local connection to Leeds, e.g. Leeds resident, family associations, previous or current employment, etc.
  • Be willing to participate in the Beacon support planning process and possess sufficient living skills enabling you to maintain a tenancy with the support provided.
  • Require a period of supported accommodation to live independently, addressing complex and multiple needs*.

and/or

  • Require accommodation for safeguarding purposes.
  • Have limited accommodation options available, e.g. being unsuitable to access Private Rented Sector accommodation or the Council Lettings Scheme due to high support and/or risk issues.

and/or

  • Require accommodation due to leaving institutions such as prison, hospital, etc.
  • Do not present a level of risk that would significantly compromise staff safety or the safety of others who may work or live closeby to the client.

*homelessness, offending, mental health and substance misuse

How Many People Do You Support and For How Long?

Beacon can accommodate around 230 people at any one time, and with a maximum length of stay between six and ten months, it supports close to 600 people each year to move into independent living.

What Can You Support With?

Beacon's support includes tenancy training along with a range of services tailored to each client's individual needs, such as:

  • self-care, health and wellbeing
  • budgetary and financial advice
  • peer mentoring
  • access to volunteering and educational opportunities
  • recovery support, including harm reduction and joint work with drug and alcohol agencies
  • managing statutory orders and risk.

Beacon provides three types of accommodation for our clients, and all provide support. We have self-contained flats with essentials and white goods provided, shared accommodation and Intensive Support Environments (ISEs). The ISEs provide on-site, round-the-clock support in a hostel environment.

How Can I Make a Referral?

Access to Beacon is via referral. Referrals can come from Housing Options (Leeds City Council), our Street Outreach Support Worker, other agencies or via self-referral. Our outreach worker is part of a larger multiagency team that provides support and advice to those living on the streets who have otherwise disengaged with services or waiting for access to housing or treatment.

Once a referral has been received, we aim to contact possible clients within forty-eight hours to arrange an assessment. The assessment usually takes one and a half hours and is about making sure we are the correct service for the client and can provide the support they need. Within five working days, we will contact the client to explain the way forward.

Contact Us:
Referrals and enquiries can be made via the Beacon Pathway Manager, Mia Cameron: 07837 711341 / M.Cameron@beaconleeds.org.uk and via John Pollock Beacon Senior worker: J.Pollock@beaconleeds.org.uk.

     

 

Referrals or enquiries can also be made via referrals@beaconleeds.org.ukSecure address: beacon.referrals@lhc.cjsm.net.