Banbury Young Homeless Project (BYHP)
Positive activities and help into employment
Phone: 9am - 5pm Mon - Thur, Fri 9am - 4.30pm
Support all young people aged between 13 and 25 with a range of services in the following core areas, all known to help prevent the route causes of youth homelessness:
- Therapeutic Counselling and Wellbeing
- Mental Health Services
- Training and Employability
- Housing and Homelessness Advice
A food bank for young people is also available. Other opportunities exist for learning skills and for leisure pastimes.
Key functions & activities offered
The Therapeutic Counselling and Wellbeing team offer free Counselling and Family Mediation Services to young people and their families.
- Every Wednesday evening the team run a Peer Support Group from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, which offers a range of activities from animation workshops, photography and art. The evening includes a hot meal often created from the amazing donations received via Food For Charities. (Please note that during the pandemic the peer support group is hosted virtually.)
- BYHP is also part of the CAMHS project and employs 2 Community In-Reach support workers offering light-touch Mental Health intervention for 13-18 year olds.
- In addition, BYHP is part of the Mental Wealth Academy project supporting 16-25 year olds who struggle with their mental health or wellbeing
The Mental Health Services team is a dedicated team of fully qualified mental health counsellors who provide mental health intervention techniques.
- There are two distinct programmes - CAMHs and the Mental Wealth Academy
- Providing support to young people suffering from anxiety and depression
- Support is free of charge at the point of access the only qualifying criteria is being in the age range of 13-25
The employability team deliver two projects, Back on Track and Unlocking Potential for Oxfordshire which works with young people between the ages of 15 and 21.
- Back on Track aims to transform the lives of young people aged 15-17 at are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. Support will help participants develop their motivation to stay in education, become more work ready, and to make informed decisions about their future
- UP Oxfordshire helps young people aged 17-19 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training to discover their potential. Through 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching, young people will quickly develop self-confidence, self-esteem, work readiness and employability. Ongoing in-work support will also be available to those who find employment.
Housing and Homelessness Advice - whilst BYHP currently is not able to provide somewhere for a young person to stay, we will support them with advice
- assist them with form filling
- provide the use of a phone
- give them a tent to sleep in
- and provide them with food.
We operate a foodbank service for all our young people in need, which can include fresh produce supplied by Food for Charities. Covid-19 Foodbank Opening Hours: Mon to Wed - 10.00am - 2:30pm.