Young woman in a support session

Centrepoint now supporting vulnerable young people in Barnsley

Centrepoint is offering a new service in Barnsley which will provide life changing support to young people with complex needs

Centrepoint's unique model of support is now available to young people with complex needs

Centrepoint is expanding its work to a new region, and will now be offering specialised support to young people in Barnsley.

People with complex needs experience several problems at the same time such as mental ill health, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, offending, and family breakdown.

The new service will begin in April and will offer a varied model of support to empower young people to have choice and control over their recovery.

We will be supporting young people in Barnsley to drive their own recovery journey, build on their strengths, and make sustained positive changes in their lives.

The service will be delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC). Centrepoint will deliver services for young people aged 16 to 24, while West Yorkshire CRC, in partnership with Foundation and Touchstone, will deliver ‘Barnsley Futures’ a service for those aged 25 and over.

Centrepoint will work with young people to provide accommodation, mental health support, education, training and employment.

West Yorkshire CRC alongside its partners will launch Barnsley Futures which will support people aged 25 who have mental health and or addiction problems and those at risk of homelessness or offending. The service will aim to reduce anti-social behaviour and offending rates by helping people into successful, sustainable and independent living.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: ‘We’re pleased to be working alongside these very experienced services, which will assist us in achieving our priorities to make sure people with complex needs are supported and given the opportunity to achieve. We’ll be working closely with Centrepoint and Barnsley Futures to make sure service users are not affected by the transition and receive the full support they need.’

Tyler Moore, Centrepoint Yorkshire Regional Manager, said: ‘Many of the young people who we will work within Barnsley are at the point of feeling written off by society. They face a number of barriers to employment and housing and are simply struggling to overcome them.

‘Centrepoint addresses this by providing a stable, homely environment and gearing the support young people receive based on their individual needs, whether that is help with their mental and physical health or working with them to access education and employment.’

Stephen Gallagher, Operations Manager for Barnsley Futures, said ‘We’re excited that we’re able to deliver this service in partnership with the organisations and people of Barnsley. We’ll work with people to transform their lives and give hope for a better future.’

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