Our Services

Bedfordshire Accommodation Based Services

Bridge House:

 

Bridge House delivers residential support to homeless families in Luton. The service has 7 units of accommodation that can comprises of:

–          Expectant mothers

–          Mothers with up to two children under the age of 10

–          Single women aiming to have guardianship of their children

 

Our service is designed to work with families to gain the valuable skills required to end the cycle of homelessness and enable future independently sustained living. Support is provided in a flexible, individualised approach so that families can progress in a way that suits both parent and child’s needs whilst in a safe and stable environment.

 

Assistance can range from basic interventions and guidance around resettlement and gaining/sustaining independent living to more intense support in areas such as

–          Domestic violence

–          Offending / Ex-offending

–          Mental health

–          Substance use

–          Parenting skills – Including Child Protection,  custody arrangements, mediation, supervised contact

–          Safety in the home / family wellbeing.

 

Bridge House provides a stable home for families. This is so important for both parents and children who have undergone the stresses of homelessness. This service gives families the chance to focus on their futures, their aspirations and gaining skills, to be able to maintain and sustain their independence within the community.

 

Service User Quotes – 1. “Bridge House provides friendship and support at challenging times in your life.  The feeling that you are not alone”

  1. “Bridge House gives me space and confidence in myself and my parenting skills.  Children improve their social skills interacting with other children within the project”

 

Referrals can be made directly to the service, for more information please contact:

Victoria Sweetman – Service Manager on 01582 343230 or email bridgehouse@penrose.org.uk

 

Biscot House:

 

Biscot House delivers residential support to single men aged 18+.  The service has 9 units of supported accommodation (including disabled access).

Our service aims to support those with complex needs such as:

–          Mental health

–          Learning disabilities

–          Physical disabilities

–          Substance use

–          Offenders / Ex-Offenders

 

Biscot House provides a supportive base to gain the skills and confidence to secure and maintain appropriate future living in the community – this may be independent or long term supported accommodation. The assistance provided by Biscot House is led by the individual and varies from basic interventions and guidance around resettlement and gaining/sustaining independent living to more intense support in areas such as:

–          Mental / emotional health & wellbeing,

–          Employment skills

–          Social isolation

–          Vulnerability of exploitation.

 

Biscot House provides support for clients to end the cycle of homelessness. Staff and residents work together to create a fun, vibrant and service user focused home, in which to develop vital skills and confidence to live in the community. The service goes above and beyond to make sure that we work with as many local agencies as possible, to provide a holistic service.

 

Service User Quotes – 1. “I am really happy at Biscot House, the staff are nice and friendly and help me when I need it. I feel safe and secure and able to sleep at night. I have loved staying here.”

  1. “I feel comfortable at Biscot House, although I do not like the area I do like the house, people in it and staff. I feel supported and am happy I now have my ESA, I have also been able to give up cannabis. I have been helped a lot.”

 

Referrals can be made directly to the service, for more information please contact:

Victoria Sweetman – Service Manager on 01582 343230 or email biscothouse@penrose.org.uk

 

 

 

The House:

 

The House is a pilot specialist residential provision for sexually exploited women within Bedfordshire. The service has 5 units of accommodation.

The aim of the project is to support vulnerable women who are being sexually, financially, emotionally and physically exploited and abused to gain the skills to live independently.

 

The service offers specialised expertise and an understanding of sexual exploitation, abuse and trauma. Whilst receiving support residents are provided with a safe and confidential environment.  The project is built around a strong service user led environment where its residents are empowered to:

–          Build healthy community interactions

–          Gain confidence, identity and a sense of self worth

–          Ability to have and exercise choice and control in all aspects of their lives

–          Management of health, wellbeing and safety

 

The House provides safety, stability and genuine care for those who reside at the service. Residents are encouraged to review, adapt and evolve this project to what they need. The service provides unfaltering hope to those being supported, to end the stigma and danger around vulnerable women, and to break free of controllers and exploiters.

 

Service User Quote – “I am so glad that I have the opportunity, of being in The House with the amount of support and care within the project, I am slowly starting to find a sense of self-worth, belonging and confidence that I had lost some time ago.”

 

Service User Letter –

‘Just a note to say thank you for being such supportive women through the hardest time in my life.  Everything got very crazy for a while but its better now.  I’m really fortunate to be here, the countryside is beautiful and I feel very privileged to be here. Truly feel it’s a miracle I got here to be honest. I’m 30 days completely clean tomorrow. If I can do it after 17 years of cross addicting anybody can.  I hope I am a glimpse of hope to the other women in the house. I hope you are all safe and well.  I do miss you guys.  I think you do a hard, but amazing job. I never thought this possible.  I really do believe I am done with my old-self and life.  I am trying very hard to change.  I am an emotional wreck but its worth all the tears.  I’m happy to be here and thankful to be alive.’

 

Referrals can be made directly to the service, for more information please contact:

Victoria Sweetman – Service Manager on 01582 343230 or email thehouse@penrose.org.uk