What we do
We are a small local charity that helps young people under 25 with any issues or problems they are experiencing. The Basement is a safe, secure environment and offers some stability to young people. Sometimes we can be the only people who ask, “How are you today?”. Feedback from young people shows the difference and impact we can make in their lives. Comments like…. “I don’t think I would be here without you”; “You are the only people who listen and understand me” and “I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done”. Every penny given to us goes to support young people, e.g. £10 will buy gas or electric for a week; £20 will buy a pair of shoes for an interview or a train fare to a medical assessment. £50 will buy a second hand washing machine or fridge. Our aim is to help people find a home and keep it and to live independently, whilst considering their future.
The Basement Project has two main areas of delivery, the Drop-in service, delivered from our main office on Hanover street; and the Floating Support service; where we go out to support young people in their homes and the community. Some of the team work across the two areas to offer support to young people with a wide variety of issues relating to their housing situation such as dealing with possible evictions; prioritising debt; living on a budget; to family mediation and emotional and physical well-being. We offer family mediation, hypnotherapy and counselling support and if we cannot help we will signpost to other services and professionals. We also offer a Drop-in in Kidderminster in partnership with Wyre Forest Nightstop, KDYT and Ourway. This project is called AXIS and is based in the Youth House. We go into schools to talk to groups of students about issues relating to homelessness and relationships as well as offering one to one support.