What to expect

“It’s not like a normal hostel that just gives you a roof over your head”

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“I can’t praise the staff enough – they see the potential in everyone – even those who walk through the door at the lowest. They are incredible! My time at Amber gave me the pause I needed to start to figure things out and learn to cope with what has happened to me. I’ve also had time to think about what I want out of life.



“The courses and qualifications available are great but Amber’s been so helpful in other ways too – getting into a good positive routine helped me maintain abstinence. I can now just appreciate being normal. The staff helped me with achieving short term goals so I had the confidence to set bigger goals. This all helped me learn that being patient pays off in the end.”



“I’m proud that I finally put my pride and denial aside and took the chance I was offered at Amber. Without it I would still be living a negative and dangerous lifestyle that was really hazardous to my health both physically and mentally. I really was stuck and my morals, self-confidence and self-esteem got lost. Amber has helped me become happier and healthier and I am now looking at the path ahead of me with hope.”


What to expect

We work in small teams and focus on four key areas – accommodation; employment; health and wellbeing; fun and participation. Based around a core weekly timetable, our staff deliver a programme of training and activities that includes:

  • Life skills such as cooking , cleaning, tenancy and financial management
  • Team working, peer support, core educational skills and practical qualifications
  • Creative projects involving art, crafts, music, film and drama
  • Giving back, community engagement and volunteering at home and abroad
  • Work experience, CV writing and mock interviews
  • Move on support










On arrival you will join your team of up to nine others, led by a Team Leader who will be your mentor throughout your time at Amber. Our centres are activity-orientated, with plenty going on, so there is something for everyone. Each team has daily tasks and takes turns with the cooking for the whole house. We have some simple rules and a pretty tight structure to the working week – all designed to keep you safe and help you thrive.

More than anything, we want you to be successful, to have fun and learn new skills, to make friends and learn to live and work with others. To rediscover your potential and find the motivation and practical know-how to achieve your own personal goals. And ultimately, we hope you will move on to a job or work-related training and a secure place to live, better equipped to sustain your progress.