Fenland Young People’s Service

At the Fenland Young People’s Project in Wisbech, and in three shared properties in March, we provide accommodation and support to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who want to make positive changes in their lives.

To read what our young people say about living here click here

Fenland Young People’s Service offers

  • A safe, nurturing and empowering environment
  • One to one support from a dedicated worker
  • Personalised support to achieve your aspirations
  • Support staff on site daily and overnight Concierges
  • A wide range of fun social activities to get involved with
  • Privacy, confidentiality, dignity, independence, choice and personal rights
  • Support to make positive changes in your life
  • Wi-Fi

Get in touch

Please contact us to find out more about the service and whether it would be suitable for you.

What People Say...

“This project has helped me get my life back on track. It’s been a challenging time, but with CHS’s help, I’m on my way!”

Joe

Fenland Young People's Service - Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I stay at Fenland Young People’s Service?

The usual length of stay is 18 months to 2 years and when you are ready we help you find suitable accommodation to move on to, which may be your own room in a shared house or your own flat.

What is the accommodation like?

At the Fenland Young People’s Service there are 10 bedsitting rooms, each of which has a kitchenette and shower facilities. The bathrooms, lounge, communal kitchen, laundry and garden are shared. In the grounds there are 4 move-on bungalows, each of which has a bedroom, sitting room/kitchen and bathroom. In the town of March we have a 2 x bedroom and a 3 x bedroom house each of which has a shared lounge, kitchen and bathroom. There are also 2 self-contained 1 bedroom flats.

What type of support will I get at Fenland Young People’s Service?

Our experienced staff will give you support tailored to your needs including:

  • Support and motivation to make positive changes
  • Getting into daytime activities, training, education and employment
  • Setting up home and settling in
  • Help with family relationships and making friends
  • Support to develop emotional intelligence, self-understanding, remove blocks to personal progress, enable recovery from issues experienced, and encouragement to develop your own personal identity
  • Life skills and becoming more independent
  • Coping skills and strategies
  • Staying safe
  • Advice and support regarding physical and mental health, diet, substance misuse, contraception, sexual health, domestic and other forms of abuse
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Advice and support to claim welfare benefits
  • Understanding occupancy agreements and obligations, and keeping your tenancy
  • Support with moving on to suitable accommodation
  • Continued resettlement/outreach support after moving on from Fenland Young People’s Service

Our team of support workers are on site 7 days a week. We work together with you to form a plan to help you overcome any issues you have experienced and to get your life on track so you can achieve your aspirations. Then we support you regularly to make sure you get everything you can out of living at Fenland Young People’s Service and are well set up for your move to independent living.

How do I apply for a place at Fenland Young People’s Service?

You are welcome to visit us to find out more. You can apply for a place yourself or be referred by an agency you already have contact with. We will send you an application form.

What happens once I’ve applied?

Once we receive your application form we will ask you to meet with us so you can talk about what you want. An assessment of your support requirements will need to be carried out by two members of our staff who will meet with you and your referrer.

How are places allocated?

All applications and assessments are shared with Stonham/Home Group, which owns the properties, and together a decision is made if you can be offered a place. The Service Manager will let you know the decision and this will be confirmed in writing. If you are offered a place you may be able to move in straight away if there is a vacancy, or if there are no vacancies at the time we may add your name to the waiting list. If you are not offered a place, we will tell you why and wherever possible suggest alternatives for you to try.

Can I appeal if I don’t get offered a place?

Yes, you have the right to appeal. You or your referrer must write to the Service Manager within 14 days of receiving the rejection letter giving reasons why you think the decision was wrong.

How much will I have to pay to live at Fenland Young People’s Service?

You will need to pay the rent and any service charges and may be eligible for Housing Benefit towards these costs. In many cases tenants only have to pay their personal service charge for hot water, heat and light as this is not eligible for Housing Benefit. You do not have to pay for the support.

Meet the managers

Darryl McMurray

Darryl McMurray

Manager

Julie Chivers

Julie Chivers

Community Support Manager

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