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Young Lives

We work with vulnerable young people, supporting and empowering them to make great decisions for themselves. We are passionate about working in our communities, with people that care, and together we can offer the best support and housing.

Our aim

Our aim is to help young people gain the skills needed to live independently, by developing confidence, self-respect, and the ambition to achieve their goals.

Together we focus on the young person’s strengths to help them identify what they want to help them build a better future. We’re an integral stepping-stone to a young person’s independence, helping their families, too.

What can I expect?

We will meet with you, probably at the house, so you can see where you may live. You may bring a family member or the person who referred you to this meeting. Together, we’ll get to know each other, talk about what you want, and how we can help. After this, we’ll evaluate whether it will be helpful for you to live in one of our houses.

If you stay with us, we’ll choose a move in date.  You’ll then meet your allocated worker. Once you’ve settled in, we’ll start making plans for your future. You’ll join our life-skills group and we can help you get a job, look for training, and/or support you in education.

Friendly staff are here 24/7, so you’ll always have someone to talk to. We run groups and have lots of activities you can get involved with.

Referrals can be made by:

  • Dorset Council
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Social Care and Health

Our life skills cover:

  • Maintaining a Tenancy/Rent Arrears/Landlord Issues
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Claiming Benefits
  • Accessing Education/Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy/Positive Relationships
  • Substance Misuse

Hear from Emily

We worked with Emily so that she was able to find her own place!


‘I am so glad of the opportunity to live here, I have made friends and feel safe’


‘Staff are really friendly, open and approachable’


‘Staff listen to me and work at a pace that is good for me’


‘If it wasn’t for Pottery Lane I wouldn’t be where I am today, they helped me turn my life around’

Hear from Jack

Jack improved his life by focusing on what made him struggle.

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