Caritas runs two residential homes in Blackburn and Bolton for young mothers aged up to 25 and their child(ren) providing a family atmosphere for women often alienated from their own families or who have experience of violence, disruption, substance abuse, physical or mental health issues, loneliness, fear and/or loss. We provide a nurturing, safe and secure supportive environment where young mothers can regain control of their lives and can be assisted to move on to independent living. This is an accommodation, resettlement and aftercare support.
The accommodation-based service has been hit hard by recent funding cuts and we are working with local authorities and other charities to develop outreach services to families in need.
Access to the service
Access to the service is via a referral system. We do not accept emergencies and are not a direct access service as such, although we can admit a young woman at short notice if we have space and can meet her needs.
Accommodation Service and How It Works
Once the young woman has been accepted, she is allocated a Key Worker who works with her to create a Support Plan that addresses her individual needs including domestic, social, personal and care needs as well as those of her child(ren). For example, cooking, budgeting, general housekeeping, keeping appointments and attending clinics and dealing with Benefits Agencies.
The Key Worker works closely with the young woman and a review of the Support Plan is held on a regular basis. This meeting can include relatives, partner/boyfriend and appropriate professionals. This is to ensure the young woman is benefiting as much as possible from her stay with us.
The service is managed by a Service Manager and each project has a Unit Manager and a team of Support Workers. There is a minimum of one member of staff on duty during the day and sleep-in cover is provided during the night.