The Beacon Support Centre
For many of our friends who are experiencing homelessness the Beacon Support centre will be their first experience with Barnabus.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers run four morning sessions a week (9am till 12pm, Monday - Thursday) , where people can meet one of our engagement workers to begin working with our guests with support work around, benefits, homelessness assessments, access to the NHS, mental health services, recovery groups and more. We will still offer those accessing the building a shower, a pack of clothing, plus a take away food offer. The Beacon is where we can build trust with our friends and start to build a plan for their future or assist them with problems they are having. Read how our friend was able to engage with support while at the Beacon when he had struggled elsewhere.
The challenges posed by our small premises and COVID19 mean that we will have to limit our building to 2 guests a time to keep them, our volunteers and staff safe. However as we go forward and the risks of COVID19 are lowered we plan to open up the support centre more to allow more people at a time in and to run afternoon support group sessions. These will be focused on helping our friends to deal with the stresses of their lives on the streets and overcome the challenges that prevent them from leaving rough sleeping behind.
How did the Beacon help in 2019-2020 (before COVID19)
Due to social distancing measures our social, creative and skill based sessions are under review. We want to get these back up and running as soon as it is safe to do so. To find out what we were doing before Lockdown click on the page above.
We believe that everybody deserves the opportunity to express themselves. That’s why we run creative, social and educational sessions at the Beacon.
Our Beacon Support Centre is open every weekday between 9am till 12pm. Please find details of our activities and services in our timetable.