St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping almost 5000 young people per year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Wyre Forest.
Every year over 1500 young people are housed in our 33 supported accommodation schemes, which for some young people includes their young children as well. We have a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move on. The aim is to help them successfully break the 'cycle of homelessness' so that they can go on to experience a bright, fulfilling future and never return to a state where they are at risk of homelessness again.
This is our latest promotional film which aims to explain a bit more about how we try to improve the lives of young people.
It features a poem written by Beth, a former young resident of ours.
Huge thanks to all the staff and young people who took part in this film!
Here some of our current or recent residents explain in their own words how St Basils helped them.
“When I was 15 I moved to live with my Grandad and then became his primary carer for a number of years, but in the end it just proved too stressful for me and I found myself considering suicide. That’s when I realised I needed to get help. I approached a number of housing organisations in Redditch, Worcs and St Basils was the one I heard back from. I came to see the room and took it that same day".
"I was nervous because I knew the place would be full of people I didn’t know and didn’t have the confidence to get to know...".
"Things started to change when I got Dee as a Support Worker. It was Dee that got through to me. She didn’t give up".
“I first needed St Basils when my sister got evicted from her property and she came back to my mum’s house with all her four children, so it was just really overcrowded and there just wasn’t any room for me anymore.
I was housed in Edmonds Court Foyer in Small Heath, Birmingham and I really like it there. It’s nice to have the support if you need it but you can live pretty independently as well.
The Learning, Skills and Work staff at Edmonds Court put on a number of workshops including Interview skills, Employability and Mental Skills Training. I got involved with whatever was going on...."
“I became homeless aged 20 and lived at one of St Basils' semi-independent projects in Bartley Green, Birmingham in 2013-14."
"St Basils was there for me at a time of need, they helped me to get back on my feet and to make progress. They helped my whole wellbeing. More problems would have come from being homeless, if I hadn’t have had that support".
"I got really involved with St Basils Youth Council and it was really good actually!"
"It gave me direction and the sense that my input could make a difference and that gave me the confidence to pitch ideas...."
St Basils has a full range of prevention, accommodation, support and engagement services as well as services which aim to ensure young people develop the skills and have the support needed to move on successfully.
Homeless prevention services include: STaMP; Raising awareness with school-age students, Advice services (inc. Youthline and St Basils Youth Hubs in Birmingham and Solihull), Parenting Young People workshops and Family Mediation.
Accommodation and Support services include: Emergency accommodation (inc. Nightstop schemes), Supported Accommodation and Supported Lodgings.
Engagement and Skills services include: Youth Engagement (recently renamed Youth Voice), offering both internal/ local and national opportunities, Learning, Skills and Work services (including Life Skills), the Live And Work initiative in partnership with local NHS Trusts, and Transformational Services delivered in partnership with University of Birmingham.
Move-on services include: Private Rental Sector service and Floating Support (offered as both a move-on and prevention service).
We train other professionals through our Psychologically Informed Environments programme and we also offer Parenting Young People (PYP) workshops for parents of teenagers.
St Basils has secured a Birmingham Voluntary Service Council contract to deliver the Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) training we have developed over the past 5 years to No Wrong Door, a group of networked agencies working together to ensure clients with multiple or complex needs can access a whole system of support through a single point of entry and that there is no ‘wrong door’.
A PIE organisation is designed to meet the emotional and psychological needs of service users in order to enable them to make positive changes in their lives.
St Basils became a ‘Psychologically Informed Environment’ in 2011 after it was identified that increasingly young people accessing services have more than one support need such as mental health issues as well as being homeless. Since then training has been compulsory for all staff and frontline support workers all engage in reflective practice sessions with other staff and professional Psychologists. This approach aims to enable staff to help young people build confidence and resilience so they are better equipped to tackle the challenges they face in order to achieve long-lasting and positive change.
St Basils supports over 5000 young people per year, aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with advice, prevention, accommodation, engagement and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives.
At any one time we have over 450 young people living in our 29 supported accommodation schemes, which for some young people includes their young children as well. We have services tailored to support young residents to build confidence and re-enter education, training and employment to help them move on and be truly independent.
Good intentions are not enough. We are committed to getting the results that will truly have a lasting impact on the lives of our young people. We need to ensure we can equip them with the skills they need to break the cycle of exclusion and homelessness.
But with our services in Birmingham and Worcestershire under threat of cuts we have a HUGE challenge this year if we are to support all our young residents to move on successfully. We rely on charitable donations to provide intensive support to our young residents in our supported accommodation projects and for our Learning, Skills and Work service which is an integral part of helping young people move on.
We need the support of our local communities to ensure we can help homeless young people achieve a brighter future!
We need to raise at least £850,000 this year - much more if the proposed £4.2m cuts to Supporting People funding in Birmingham go ahead this year.
Hope you can help!
Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time. Here two ex-residents share their stories.
The Positive Pathway' is a best practice model developed by St Basils for national use. It is based on a combination of research, policy and consultations undertaken with local authorities, charities, other organisations and young people. Throughout the document there are examples of what is working well and innovative ways of working.
Since 2012 we have been working to roll out the ‘Positive pathway’ framework nationwide, working with Local Authorities and their partners to develop a more collaborative and integrated approach which will lead to better outcomes for young people.
It aims to give a clear framework to better prevent young people aged 16 – 25 from becoming homeless in the first place. It also sets out the sort of services and support needed to help young people who do become homeless to build a more positive future.
The Department of Communities and Local Government ( DCLG) fund this service so that advice and support to Local Authorities can be offered for free through our 2 Youth Homelessness Advisers, making the process of working collaboratively with partners, sharing information and utilising technology much easier.
Preventing Homelessness and Supporting Better Outcomes for Young People involved in the Criminal Justice System in England
The Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway (YJAP) is a practical tool that local authorities, criminal justice agencies and other partners can use to plan accommodation and support services for young people aged 16 – 25 who have been involved with the criminal justice system. It has been developed in collaboration with agencies working with and for young people with an offending history, and is informed by the voices of young people who have experienced homelessness.
For more information on the Comprehensive Housing Offer please see BSHP's website
For more information on the Positive Pathway you can email our advisors by filling out the form on this page or for a quicker response please email Anna:
Alternatively if you are looking to find out more about St Basils Youth Hub and our work in Birmingham please book onto a Youth Hub briefing
St Basils works with young people to enable them to find and keep a home, develop their confidence, skills and opportunities and to prevent homelessness.
We have Six Strategic Priorities
1. Provision of good quality accommodation which meets the needs and raises the aspirations of young people.
2. Provision and development of prevention and support services which meet the diverse needs of young people.
3. Young people fully involved in setting standards, identifying priorities and monitoring services.
4. St. Basils – a good place to work.
5. Challenging discrimination and promoting diversity and cohesion through employment, service delivery and community engagement*.
6. Optimising resources to achieve our strategic objectives.
St Basils is committed to creating an environment for staff, young people and partners that is free from all forms of discrimination and where diversity is embraced. It is our intention to do our very best for
each young person, ensuring that the service St Basils offers is fair, inclusive, appropriate and relevant for each individual. St Basils also wants to ensure that staff are provided with the best employment opportunities and that they are enabled to contribute effectively to the work of the organisation.
Our strategic priority ‘Challenging discrimination and promoting diversity and cohesion through employment, service delivery and community engagement’, highlights our commitment to ensuring that staff and young people are provided with a safe and secure environment in which they can thrive and develop, and where all aspects of their welfare is protected.
Find out more about Equality and Diversity at St Basils in relation to staff recruitment
Find out more about Equality and Diversity at St Basils in relation to our work with young people