BEACON

An excellent and aspirational service that meets the many needs of Leeds citizens today and tomorrow whilst securing a solid foundation for strong communities in a strong city.

Beacon was formed last year as a consortium of three well-established accommodation and support providers with an excellent track record of working with vulnerable people in the city: Leeds Housing Concern, Touchstone and Foundation. Leeds City Council have now confirmed that the consortium has been awarded the contract to deliver accommodation based support from 1 July 2017.


THE BEACON PARTNERS


LHC: With over 90 staff, LHC has been integral to the prevention of homelessness in Leeds for over 40 years. Currently managing over 260 units of support including the only emergency and dispersed accommodation service for women, the only wet intensive accommodation for women and the only emergency accommodation service for young people in Leeds, we are well placed to address the complex and multiple needs of those who will access the Beacon service.

FOUNDATION: Established in 1984 in Leeds by a small team of visionary probation officers who were determined to provide homes and ‘wrap around support’ for those leaving prison. This fundamental belief that a home and a place in the community are vital for successful rehabilitation is still at the heart of all that Foundation does. Their support now includes work with young people, care leavers, families affected by domestic abuse and homeless people.

TOUCHSTONE: Born out of an identified need for friendship and community in South Leeds in 1982. More than 30 years later they provide mental health and wellbeing services to over 2000 people a year, whilst also working across communities to grow their confidence and capacity to demand the services and positive experiences they are entitled to.

The Service


The service will work in partnership with a wide range of other agencies to help all clients, particularly those people who have multiple or complex needs to tailor their own personal ‘recovery journey’. Accommodation will be delivered through a mixture of intensive accommodation with access to staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and community dispersed properties with visiting support. Delivery will be focused upon the following themes: Prevention of homelessness and early intervention, sustainment and a person’s ability to live in safe and suitable accommodation and integration -supporting people to participate and access the services and social/recreational opportunities available to them.
Peer support, befriending and volunteering is an integral part of the service and part of a range of options available to clients. The service will ensure that all clients have the opportunity access this as part of their support package.
In addition a number of accommodation based housing related support services have been retained as part of the wider model. These services include the; Overnight Centre and Hub, Regents Terrace, Carr Beck, Kirkstall Lodge and RD Willis Properties. These services are strategically important to the city working with some of the most vulnerable people with multiple support needs who are at risk whilst being street homeless, rough sleeping and vulnerably housed. The services will proactively engage with, and be accessible to individuals from a diverse range of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.