In 1998 the Worcestershire Youth Service held a conference on youth homelessness, attended by a group of young people from the county. Many of them had been homeless or had grown up in care and they told the conference that there was little or no support for them in Bromsgrove.
As a result, professionals attending the conference (from the local voluntary, statutory and private sectors), together with County and District councillors, set up the Bromsgrove Youth Homelessness Forum.
The Forum registered as a charity in September 2000 and is now also a registered company. In August 2010 the forum changed its name to North Worcestershire Basement Projects (operating as The Basement Project) to reflect the fact that the work supports young people from across North Worcestershire.
The Basement Project was located in the basement of Bromsgrove Baptist Church until flooding caused the trustees to seek new premises in Hanover Street.
North Worcestershire Basement Projects provides support to homeless and potentially homeless young people between the ages of 16 and 25. There are two interlinking projects: the Basement Drop-In Service and Outreach Support. These are shaped by and for local young people.
The support provided through the projects:
- prevents and addresses homelessness
- provides a family mediation service when needed
- develops young people’s independence, living skills and confidence
- supports young people to overcome disadvantage, homelessness and other challenges
- helps young people to achieve a positive future.
Some young people come to the Basement Project for one-off support, but many young people need longer-term support to address the issues and disadvantage they face. Therefore, as well as providing support in moments of crisis, the Drop-In Service will support young people over several months or years. Our Outreach Service is there for young people in need of more intensive support or support to maintain a new tenancy.
We support young people to access services available from other organisations and refer them to other organisations when appropriate. Some of the organisations we work with regularly include: Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, St Basil’s, Fry Housing, NewStarts Furniture Project, YMCA and Nightstop.