The Naomi Project is an 8-bed supported accommodation project for homeless young women aged 16-30 in Gateshead which is staffed 24 hours a day. The residents come to the project from a variety of circumstances, including those leaving care, struggling to cope with a family situation, or leaving situations of domestic abuse. Staff work with the young women to build confidence, develop life skills and prepare for independent living. Young people who are homeless are frequently unable to complete their education because of their circumstances and so in particular Naomi Project provides a stable place to go back to studies and look for employment when ready.
The vision of Naomi Project is a safe place for young women whose foundations have been rocked and need rebuilding. Residents come with a variety of support needs which may include mental ill health, experience of abuse or exploitation, substance misuse, offending, homelessness or separation from a child. Staff are always on hand for informal support within the project, and meet residents weekly for one-to-one support to help them achieve their goals.
Referrals to Naomi Project are made through Gateshead Housing Options portal. If you know a young person who needs help, anyone can make a referral to the Portal. The Portal Referral form can be accessed by contacting the Housing Options team (0191 433 3174) and should be marked for Naomi Project.