In order to deliver services to prevent young people from becoming homeless across East Lancashire, we work in partnership with local, well-established charities - our partners.
Breathing Space is a single point of access for young people and their friends and families, where they can access information, guidance and referrals to support services. Breathing Space is also here for professionals who may need some expert advice on homelessness services in the local area. Depending on where you live in East Lancashire, it will determine which one of our partners will be delivering a service to you.
Below is some information about our partners and their services.
Nightsafe - Blackburn and Darwen
Nightsafe is a charity supporting homeless people aged 16-24 years. It is a small locally based charity in Blackburn with Darwen providing holistic services to homeless and vulnerable young people.
Nightsafe deliver 5 projects in Blackburn & Darwen which consist of: Day Centre, Emergency Accommodation & Supported Housing. Their most recent project, St Silas' House, received a full make-over with support from BBC Children in Need & DIY SOS.
Nightsafe work hard to prevent youth homelessness and offer a bed space for young people who are in need of respite from the family home. This service is provided on behalf of Breathing Space for any young person across East Lancashire. They tailor the support they offer to suit individual need and support young people with any issue they are facing during that time. Nightsafe can provide mediation with the family and counselling with a view to enabling that young person to return home where appropriate. Returning to the family home is unfortunately sometimes not an option; in these cases, Nightsafe can offer Supported Housing to young people and prepare them for independent living by delivering training units centred upon life skills.
Ynot Aspire - Hyndburn & Ribble Valley
Ynot Aspire is an Early Intervention, Prevention and Well-being service providing a single point of contact for over 30 local agencies to support, listen to and raise the aspirations of young people in the local area.
Ynot Aspire work hard to prevent youth homelessness across Hyndburn & the Ribble Valley by raising awareness of the support available to young people and their families. Through Breathing Space, Ynot Aspire deliver assemblies and group workshops in schools and colleges and deliver mediation and resilience work to young people and their families to prevent relationship breakdown. Ynot Aspire can advocate for young people experiencing homelessness and provide support, advice and guidance to them and their families. Due to their strong working relationships with local agencies, they can support with referrals and access to get the right support for any young person at risk.
HAPI (Safespace) - Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale
The Homelessness Awareness and Prevention Intervention (HAPI) Team provide advice, support and guidence to any young person at risk of homeslessness. Through Breathing Space, HAPI are able to:
- provide unofficial mediation and support you to contact family or friends and build positive relationships.
- refer you to other agencies such as counselling, drug and alcohol.
- support you with applying for benefits and with budgeting money
- provide help if you have a concern about your own safety or the safety of others
- provide you with in depth support either over the telephone or face to face.
- provide support for as long as you need it (continuing past your 18th birthday if needed)
- answer questions relating to homelessness and housing issues
- provide independent advice and guidance around housing and homelessness
- advise on all the different options available to you
- explain what you are entitled to and what your rights are.
- provide support with housing and referrals to projects both within and outside of Pendle.
Stepping Stone Projects - Burnley
Stepping Stone Projects is a charity that works across the whole of the North West providing accommodation and support to Care Leavers, people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Through Breathing Space, Stepping Stone Projects are able to offer young people a bespoke service giving them the opportunity to have a taste of what independent living entails. The 'Trainer House' has been specifically designed to guide young people, who are at risk of leaving the family home, through tenancy management to learn the essential skills that are needed to live independently. They can live in the 'Trainer House' for up to 6 weeks, engaging with an individual training package and our partners throughout. Stepping Stone Projects can also deliver independence training to groups of young people where AQA certificates can be awarded – these look great alongside a CV!
Young people can be referred to this service via Breathing Space or through our partners when they need a short break from the family home and want to know how it feels to live independently.