Friends First Hostel

Referral address

21-23 Clarendon Villas

Referral phone

01273 840880

Referral email


Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Unemployed People housed with us are participants in our Pathway to employment ONLY.

Who we cannot help

Case-by-case risk assessments made.

  • Minimum age accepted: 18
  • Maximum age accepted: 99

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Able to accept referrals from anywhere Most referrals come via JCP

Referral procedure

Call office, make appointment, initial meetings are conducted between the hours of 9-5.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: -
  • Maximum stay: 1 year +

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Our houses are not directly supported, although all our housing placements are only given to people on our Pathway to Employment (PtE). Our PtE ‘trainees’ can work with us for up to 4 days per week, we have in-house therapeutic support, and also twin each individual with a ‘community mentor’, someone in their local community who has been trained by us to act in a mentoring/befriending capacity.

Rooms and charges

LHA rate

  • Total spaces: 12


  • Furnishings: Rooms fully furnished.
  • Food: %author:field_hostels_food
  • Disabled facilities: None.
  • Other facilities: Lounge

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

Tenancy Agreement. Residents must engage in Friends First Pathways to Employment or engage in activity leading to employment or activity that would be regarded as further education. No substance misuse; return to property under influence of substances, anti-social, threatening, or violent behaviour.


None overnight

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Main offices less than 100m from mainline bus route serviced by most bus numbers in the city.


We look for volunteers to support our office team, our fundraising team, our ‘work’ teams (catering, cleaning, facilities), and offer training to volunteer community mentors who support our beneficiaries in their local community. Contacts us on 01273 840 880 for further information.


Financial donations welcomed. Contact 01273 840 880 for further details.

Is this page accurate?

If you work for Friends First Hostel and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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