The central aim of FHIM New Start Befriending Service / Floating Support is to enhance the quality of a person’s life by supporting and promoting his/her welfare, personal development, wellbeing and self-improvement.

The Service Aims and Objectives:

  • To offer floating support to the single homeless or other vulnerable young adults and older persons who have been either identified as homeless or threatened with homelessness
  • To encourage interaction and inclusion within the community and assist in reducing referred client’s feelings of isolation and insecurity
  • To assist befriended candidates build their confidence, develop and maintain positive relationships with others in the community
  • To increase better social connections and social contact within their community
  • To enable candidates to build on their feeling of positive self-worth through proactive mentoring and coaching support
  • To promote and encourage candidates to participate in a range of activities; help them identify their existing skills and abilities, and assist in building on it to increase chances of achievements and success in life
  • To identify opportunities for life skills improvement and assist in helping to improve employment possibilities through encouraging candidates to participate in life skills training and job search related training
  • To encourage the capacity to cope with new experiences that will afford candidates a new start in life and increase their overall success through mentoring and coaching
  • To enable candidates to reflect on the decisions they make in life; assist in considering the influences and impact such decisions might have on them and on others within society
  • To support a vulnerable homeless person to actively change their negative lifestyle through encouragement to engage with other support agencies - i.e. agencies that offer help for substance misuse/alcohol problems
  • To enable resettlement through providing support and assistance in finding privately rented accommodation
  • To provide other necessary support identified as necessary for the enabling and empowering candidates to have and sustain a new start in life
  • To improve and develop the service in-line with the needs of referral agencies candidates

Types of Activities/Support Offered Will Include:

  • Going to the Job Centre and Local Council. Contacting government agencies -i.e. HB, Council Tax on behalf of candidates
  • Assisting with completion of HB and DWP forms to ensure rents and bills and paid
  • Assisting with keeping appointments with GP and or appointments with other support services within the community
  • Attending workshops and job fairs with candidates to help improve job skills or gain new skills
  • Going for coffee or lunch to encourage candidates to interact and live an inclusive life within the community
  • Organising visits to places of interest around the local community and encouraging candidates to participate in activities that could help build confidence and promote self-worth and self-value
  • Assisting with shopping; facilitating and providing other activities that might influence positive resettling of candidates within society.


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Self Development

The New Start Empowerment Workshop is targeted at motivating and influencing an individual to change his or her mindset from negative to positive.

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Alternately you can contact FHIM New Start on 07492 754168