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Support Services


Intensive Support Services

Chances are the only Backup team who are not tied to any accommodation and can support any young people at risk of repeat homelessness.

They are a specialist team of support workers who are offering extra support to young people who are:

  • At risk of losing existing supported housing with Backup or;
  • Are experiencing some additional issues.

In both circumstances Backup want to prevent repeat homelessness.

The team is made up of 2 Employment Support Workers, a Care Leavers specialist, a CSE worker, 2 Mental Health Workers and between them offer enhanced support around sexual exploitation, mental health, domestic abuse, education, training and employment. They will work with young people already accommodated in any Backup supported housing and young people who are looked after who might not be on the scheme.

The aim is to get any young person not engaged with any services doing something positive. This could be formal education but it could also be volunteering, developing routines, accessing appropriate medical care or life skills training.

For the young people requiring employment support they can be living anywhere in the Bolton area and not be involved with Backup or even experiencing homelessness. Referrals are accepted from the Job Centre, colleges, training agencies, youth groups etc. Support will be provided around job seeking, job readiness, skills development, training, education, work experience and volunteering.

This is the same for any young person leaving the care system, they do not have to be homeless or in Backup services to access the support from the Chances team. We can assist young people (care leavers) who are not engaged with any positive activities into doing so at their own pace. The support is designed to remove barriers and improve opportunities for young people disproportionately affected by their situations.

Services On Offer

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1:1 and Group Support

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Off Site Activities

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Accompanying Support

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On Site Counselling

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Laundry services

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Budgeting services

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Lifeskills Training

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Exercise & Leisure

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Food Parcels & Weekly Food Donation

Food Parcels

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ID & Travel Expenses

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Volunteering on The Van

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Extra Bolt On Support

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ETE Support

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