What We Do
The Beacon Drop-In Centre
Our heart here at Barnabus is to see our friends settled in secure accommodation and moving on in all areas of their lives.
Our experience working with our friends on the streets is that many are willing and ready to move back into accommodation, but cannot do so because they do not have the funds to pay a deposit for privately rented accommodation. We have also found that friends who do manage to secure a home can struggle to cope with independent living, and often see their tenancies ending after a short period.
We are therefore delighted be launching our Bond Guarantee Scheme. Under the scheme, private landlords will receive a guarantee from Barnabus to the value of their normal tenancy deposit. The guarantee will cover loss and damage at the end of the tenancy in the same way as a traditional deposit.
As well as this financial support, the scheme will provide a range of tenancy support. Initially, we will ensure that properties are suitable, and will help with furnishing new homes and with benefits claims. We will also spend time working with each prospective tenant to get to know their needs and hopes for the future, enabling us to create an individual support plan. As part of the support plan, we will carry out regular home visits to find out how things are going and deal with any problems as they arise. We will assist with learning how to be a good tenant and with accessing other support services. We will expect tenants to attend group sessions at the Beacon, and will assist them to access training, education, employment and volunteering opportunities.
Whilst we know that now every tenancy will be successful, we hope that this scheme will be the new start that many of our friends have been waiting for.
How you can help
· In order to have successful tenancies, we need good landlords who support Barnabus’ work. We would love to hear from anyone who has a property available for rent, particularly one-bedroomed homes or a room in shared accommodation.
· If you are not a landlord, perhaps you could offer to support an individual financially to make their home comfortable, or donate items such as cleaning equipment?
For further details, or to discuss offers of accommodation or other support, please call Martha Urwin on 0161 237 3223 or email Martha@barnabusmanchester.co.uk