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The Birchwood Centre

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young people single with support needs, multiple and complex needs. Do not specifically target the above but many service users have needs related to these categories.

Who we cannot help

Dependent upon need and risk assessment / support needs identified.



Minimum age accepted


Maximum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Referrals form a range of agencies including but not limited to Lancashire County Council, Social Services, WL College, Children’s Social Care, Well Being Service, Leaving Care Team, West Lancs Council and other supported accommodation providers. Accept direct referrals from young people and their families.

Referral procedure

An initial enquiry for service is made to Birchwood, the young person is then invited in to interview/assessment at the Centre or one of our offsite offices. At this point the young person’s support needs/risk will be assessed. A decision can be made to either accommodate the young person, place them on our waiting list or sign post to other services.

Length of stay

Minimum stay

1-3 Months

Maximum stay

2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Support is provided 24 hours a day by Support Staff, this includes a waking night, which can be accessed at any time. Each young person is assigned a Key Worker who provides key working sessions on a regular basis depending on needs. Support covers all aspects and staff are available to discuss any issues that a young person may have. Specialist staff also provide interventions and support for young people. Partnership working to provide holistic support is part of the Birchwood offer. Issues including safeguarding, drugs, alcohol, mental health, life skills, sexuality, resilience building, relationships, employment, training and development.

Total spaces



8 single bedrooms with shared communal facilities. 2 semi-independent move on flats with private facilities.

Further information

Public transport

Concourse Bus Station is a 10 minute walk from the Centre and provides links to Wigan, Southport, Liverpool and the surrounding area.