Whilst living at SafeSpace you will be supported to take part in some form of education, training, work placement, or personal development opportunities. This does not mean we will make you sign up to any old college course that is not appropriate to your personal development.
We also have monthly workshops on different topics to ensure you have the most accurate and up to date information to help you with your journey to independence. We deliver a number of workshops ranging from, Mental Health, Domestic Abuse,, Sexual Health, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTQ+, Drugs, and Alcohol.
If you are claiming benefits you will usually be eligible for universal credit, which will pay all or a portion of your rent. Your Housing Benefit money will be paid directly to SafeSpace. If you are working it is likely that you will have to pay a portion or the full amount of your rent yourself. The amount you have to pay will depend on your earnings.
As well as your rent you must also pay a service charge that will not be covered by housing benefit. The service charge covers the cost of personal utilities, i.e. gas, water, electricity, and use of SafeSpace facilities, equipment and WIFI.
We also have a communal arts, crafts and music activity room. It hosts a piano, drum kit and guitar along with various arts and crafts facilities for use by everyone. Arts and crafts activities held include; canvas painting, card mating, creative CV’s and support planning, egg decorating, collages, sewing and weaving, knitting graffiti art, word art and clothes making.
We make the most of the great Wi-Fi signal in the reception by providing an IT bar so you can get online. We also run IT skills sessions, job clubs, homework clubs, home hunting clubs, CV writing on a regular basis. We also work closely with the local colleges and training providers who attend and support young in gaining qualifications in IT, numeracy and literacy.
For those staying within the self contained flats we also provide laundry facilities of washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.
Cost for this use is included in your service charge
We have a communal dining area that is used for our Breakfast Club every morning. The Breakfast Club offers all young people an opportunity to have a free breakfast every morning. This can be anything from cereals, toast, fruit, up to a full English breakfast or pancakes! The communal dining area is also used as part of the Cooking projects offering, where young people can learn how to budget for, prepare, cook, serve and eat meals. This room has also been host to many a party including Halloween, Christmas, Eid Mubarak, beach party, etc, and it is also where you’ll find staff grabbing a bite to eat in their lunch break!
We have a communal lounge that is available to all young people living in the self contained flats. This communal space allows for socialising and activities including film nights, pool tournaments, board games, as well as hosting external agencies that come in to offer services or support. Fully furnished including a pool table and table football. Residents meetings are also held in the lounge on a weekly basis.
We have a training kitchen where young people can develop their skills and confidence around cooking and food hygiene.
We hold weekly cooking projects where young people identify a meal they want to learn to cook and are supported to identify healthy options, budgeting issues and then prepare the meal and cook to share with other young people in the project.
We are currently also running a Come Dine With Me Project as part of this project.
Whenever there are events or seasonal parties/ activities e.g. Pancake Day, Christmas Dinner, etc, being held for young people this is where the food is prepared and young people take the lead on this!
If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness there is support available to help you get back on your feet.
SafeSpace run the HAPI advice and guidance service for anyone aged 16-17yrs living in Pendle and Burnley who is concerned that they are or might become homeless. You can speak to the hapi team by ringing on 01282 619192 or dropping into Hills House (behind the Zone Youth Club) on Leeds Road, Nelson, BB9 8EL.
Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people and they work directly with thousands of homeless people every year. Crisis provides vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. See their website for more information.
Your Local Authority’s Housing Needs Team are able to help anyone who is classed as legally homeless, they will also have a good knowledge of agencies and services in your local area who can help.
There are a number of different ways to get in touch and help to support the Safespace team.