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Barnardo's - Merriweather Home

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young single homeless people aged 16-25, including ex-offenders and young people leaving local authority care. No local connection required.

Who we cannot help

Known prostitutes, known hard drug users, arsonists, sex offenders.



Minimum age accepted


Maximum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency - many come from Social Services.

Referral procedure

Phone or call daily 8am-12 midnight. If there is a vacancy an interview is arranged as soon as possible. Require SER and PSR if appropriate.

Length of stay

Minimum stay

1-3 Months

Maximum stay

2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

5 full time, 2 part time staff and 3 volunteers, sleep-in cover. Keywork system with weekly meetings, offering individual advice and support. Training in daily living skills, including budgeting, shopping and cooking. Advice on benefits and accessing health care services.

Total spaces


Further information

Public transport

Preston train station - 2 minutes walk.