Beacon HousingBeacon – Supported Housing for a Brighter Future

Touchstone is a partner in a Leeds city-wide initiative that provides supported accommodation for individuals and families with complex needs, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Beacon was launched in 2017 and is delivered by a consortium including Turning Lives Around, Touchstone and Foundation.

Access to Beacon is via referral. Referrals can come from Housing Options (Leeds City Council), other agencies or via self-referral.

The accommodation provision is a mixture of intensive accommodation, with access to staff 24-hours a day, seven days a week and dispersed properties with visiting support.

Intensive accommodation is generally provided in a shared environment and the dispersed accommodation is a combination of shared and self-contained flats. Both the support and accommodation is temporary (generally up to 6 months), the aim of which is to provide stability, promote independence and resettle clients into the community.

Tenancy training and peer support is also offered as part of the Beacon service.

If you have a general enquiry any one of three organisations will be able to help:

Turning Lives Around
0113 276 0616
0113 271 8277
0113 303 0150

Beacon Volunteer Project provides meaningful activities for individual Beacon service users who face many barriers to personal development.

We also give service users the chance to receive 1-1 Befriending and peer support from trained volunteers with lived experience.

We need Volunteer Befrienders and Volunteer Peer Mentors!

If you have lived experience yourself and would like the opportunity to volunteer with our service users then please get in touch! You will also gain training and valuable experience useful for professional development or career changes.

Please contact Kim on 0113 271 8277 to find out more about this unique opportunity to help engage individuals with complex needs. You could greatly help an individual to move forward by providing befriending support and volunteering alongside support workers across the Beacon service.

Please note that this is an ongoing training and volunteer opportunity and the minimum time commitment level would be 9 months+.

Get in Touch

Referrals or enquiries can be made via:
Secure Address:

Specific enquiries can be made via:

Beacon Pathway Managers
Shamyla Sarwar
07837 420550

Senior Pathway Worker
John Pollock
07864 609617

Touchstone House,

2-4 Middleton Crescent, Leeds, LS11 6JU

Eligibility criteria

  • Be over 16 years old and have an established local connection to Leeds i.e. Leeds resident, family associations, previous or current employment etc.
  • Be willing to participate in the Beacon support planning process and possess sufficient living skills to be able to maintain a tenancy with the support provided.
  • Require a period of supported accommodation to live independently, addressing complex and multiple needs*.

*homelessness, offending, mental health and substance misuse


  • Require accommodation for safeguarding purposes.
  • Have limited accommodation options available, for example being unsuitable to access Private Rented Sector accommodation or the Council Lettings Scheme due to high support and/or risk issues.


  • Require accommodation due to leaving institutions such as prison, hospital etc.
  • Not present a level of risk that would significantly compromise the safety of staff and others working or living within close proximity of the client.