1st Base in Greenwich provides a fully integrated one-stop housing options and support service.
It is led by children’s social services for 16-17 year olds and care leavers aged 18 and 20 at risk of homelessness. 1st Base is part of a wider service to provide targeted youth support to the most vulnerable young people. There is a particular focus on improving health and well being, access to education, employment and training, personal and community safety.
The 1st Base team is made up of housing options officers, housing support officers and a social worker. It is responsible for:
This gateway also acts as the referral point for reconnection and mediation services delivered locally by DePaul UK.
For more information, see 1st Base Housing.
The Youth Hub is a multi-agency service, delivered in partnership between Birmingham City Council’s homeless services and children’s services and St Basils.
It works with all young people in housing need, including young care leavers, young people leaving custody and young parents.
The Youth Hub offers a variety of different services including:
Youthline - a central helpline - acts as the gateway into supported accommodation for all young people in housing need in Birmingham
For more information, contact St Basils.
This publication from Youth Access provides a summary of a research study on the mental health benefits and cost-effectiveness of youth advice services.
The study focused on young people attending youth advice services for social welfare advice, defined as advice to individuals on their rights in relation to everyday problems concerning housing, homelessness, welfare benefits,money/debt, employment rights, education rights, consumer rights or immigration.
The study was designed to:
The findings demonstrate the benefits to mental health of social welfare advice provided in young person-friendly settings and the importance of an advice model that acknowledges and responds to young people’s significant emotional and mental health needs.
The report is available from Youth Access.