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Rewriting Futures: 2015-2018

helping homeless young people with complex needs 

Rewriting Futures launched in January 2015. Building on the learning from our BOOST and Mental Skills Training schemes it is a scheme to help the 'hardest to reach' young people with complex needs. It was not intended to replace other services but to be a service other agencies with less resources could refer onto. It is an intensive programme and although we are now at full capacity and referrals have closed we will be working with these young people until at least 2018. 

St Basils Rewriting Futures programme is for young people aged 18-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and for a variety of reasons have been unable to access existing services, be that due to high or complex needs or due to challenging behaviour. The scheme is operational in Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Walsall and the Wyre Forest. 

The programme provides each young person with holistic wrap around support from a whole team of people including local mentors and community coaches, co-ordinated by one support worker.  

Utilising a range of dedicated resources, and utilising St Basils services as well as other key and partner services St Basils Rewriting Futures programme provides intensive support and innovative, tailored solutions to help young people find stability in safe, secure accommodation and build confidence, self-belief and positive relationships in order to gain skills and access opportunities.

This programme is funded for 3 years allowing us to work with young people for an extended length of time maximising the chance to achieving effective and long lasting results.

St Basils was selected to run this programme by DCLG. It is part of their national scheme known as 'Fair Chance' and is a payment-by-results scheme funded up front by Social Investors. 

our impact

 Filmed in September 2016, Former Care-Leaver Naz experienced homelessness before he found St Basils Rewriting Futures Walsall scheme.

Here he tells his story in his own words. Our thanks to NYRG, Walsall staff and Spark Media for assisting in the making of this short film.

Huge thanks to Naz for sharing his story.   


We have reached full capacity for this particular scheme and are no longer taking referrals, however if you are a young person looking for support we can still help you through our mainstream services. Please see our 'Get Help' section for how to refer to services in your area. 



We are recruiting volunteers to assist us with this programme. We have roles working behind the scenes in our offices as well as other roles working directly with young people. please see the volunteering section for more information. 

Volunteer for rewriting futures

More info

Download our 2015 leaflet for more info. Please note though we are no longer taking referrals.