Friends First Hostel

Referral address

21-23 Clarendon Villas

Referral phone

01273 840880

Referral email


Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

People who have experienced disadvantage (whether worklessness, homelessness, substance misuse, criminal convictions, mental health challenges etc) who are motivated to participate in work experience with a view to gaining employment. No local connection needed.

Who we cannot help

People who have not been clean from drink/drugs for at least 1 month.

  • Minimum age accepted: 18
  • Maximum age accepted: 60

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency.

Referral procedure

Potential residents spend 2 days voluntary work with Friends First, followed by interview with risk and needs assessment.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 18 months
  • Maximum stay: 2 years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Staff provide support during office hours Mon-Fri - this support includes work experience opportunities, skilled 1-1 support, therapeutic interventions, advocacy, multi-agency referrals, and links to local employers for those ready for a return to paid employment. Friends First also train volunteer mentors to support people in their own communities.

Rooms and charges

There is a charge of £120pw.

  • Bedsit: 8
  • Total spaces: 8


  • Furnishings: Rooms fully furnished.
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  • Disabled facilities: None.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

No alcohol allowed on premises. Smoking allowed in own room and garden. Licence agreement.


Allowed in evenings and at weekends.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Hove train station - 7 minutes walk.

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