Inspiring independence and employment.

The UK is facing a growing problem of homelessness. The numbers of homeless people rose once again last year - costing the economy £1billion annually. But the social cost is far higher…

Those who are homeless are significantly more likely to experience physical and mental health problems, and struggle to secure or hold down work.

Our residential facilities for men facing homelessness offer stable accommodation and a Six Stage programme of holistic support for Residents to regain their independence. Residents develop life skills, earn qualifications, and undertake work placements, with a view to moving into purposeful work and stable housing.

 

Residential Programme
Our Facilities

Our residential facilities for men facing homelessness offer stable accommodation and a Six Stage programme of holistic support for Residents to regain their independence. Residents develop life skills, earn qualifications, and undertake work placements, with a view to moving into purposeful work and stable housing.

Our Residents

Our Residents often have histories of offending, unemployment, substance misuse or mental illness; all obstacles preventing them from living stable, independent lives. So we offer firm foundations from which they can rebuild their lives.

They have bespoke support to improve their confidence and skills. Residents are supported to work with families or social services where applicable, to improve or redevelop relationships with children, and all are supported to improve physical and mental health. Regular days out to the Lake District are a highlight of stays in the charity.

There is no limit on time spent living in the charity - men reside for as long as they need to develop and secure a job that is right for them.

Changing Lives

We offer opportunities for Residents to undertake work placements in our business, social enterprise or charity, in a variety of office-based and operational roles.

We have also developed relationships with external employers to ensure Residents can move into work suited to their skills and ambitions. We are proud to have seen Residents take up jobs with major businesses, including Kier Highways and United Utilities.

The residential charity created £300,000 social value last year.

When Residents ‘graduate’ from the charity they are independent, self-sufficient from good jobs and living in their own homes - no longer reliant on state support. In this way, Recycling Lives creates enormous social value by creating savings for local government and the welfare system.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2017 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.

In the last 24 months

  • 18 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 73 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 1,228,902 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £9.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society

How we help rehabilitate

The success of Recycling Lives residential programme is cemented by its supportive structure and complete offer. We work with Residents on every area of their life, ensuring they are fully equipped for a happy, independent life.

supporting

Accommodation

We provide safe, stable accomodation in an environment that helps Residents regain confidence and build the skills they need to live independently again.

Inspiring

Education & Training

We provide our Residents with a range of training opportunities to develop life skills, nurture a good work ethic and increase their employability.

Employing

Work Experience

Our corporate partners provide meaningful work experience for Residents by using our services, or volunteering positions within their company.

How it works

Our Six Stage programme allows Residents to develop skills in a structured environment, in their own time. Charity staff offer support and guidance at each stage, to build confidence, resilience and life skills.

  1. Induction & Wellbeing

    We welcome Residents and help them to establish a stable routine. They register with a doctor, dentist and bank and learn about Level 1 Food Hygiene and budgeting, before completing a health and safety course.

  2. Personal Development

    As Residents begin to consider a career path, we provide equipment, training and skills development to prepare for their first work placement. A Level 2 Food Hygiene course prepares Residents for potential catering work and introduces the need for qualifications.

  3. Building a Work Ethic

    Residents learn about CV writing and maintaining a tenancy. An exam for a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card qualifies them to work on any building site across Europe.

  4. Career Development

    Training, education and further work experience are all tailored to reflect individual career plans and personal development. All Residents take part in a three-day, CV-boosting Emergency First Aid at Work course.

  5. Employment Training

    Residents are continually assessed in their work placement. Job specific skills are enhanced in preparation for full-time work. Residents are trained in nationally accredited Fork Lift Truck operations.

  6. Achieving Independence

    Residents are offered a full time employment placement. The transition to independent living includes one-to-one support, and the residents are guided on using their savings to buy furniture and other essential living items. Residents work together with Recycling Lives and our commercial partners to prepare and decorate their new homes prior to moving in, this is a vital step on the journey towards achieving independant living.

download our social value report

Recycling Lives Portal

We create significant social value each year as we reduce reoffending, support homeless people and redistribute surplus food to charities.

Download our Report to read about the human and financial impact of our work - the lives changed and the savings created.

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Fostering personal and professional development in men and women from a diverse range of backgrounds, our programmes support people in need into full-time work and independent living.

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