Housing Support


Many of those who turn to us are in dire straits, making coping alone impossible. Our housing support team was named “Being There” by those they support.

Who We Help


The team currently cares for up to 150 people at any time and takes referrals from statutory agencies, voluntary bodies, churches, relatives and self-referrals. Priority is given to helping those who are homeless or vulnerably housed, and people who need support to enable them to sustain a tenancy.


If someone has grown up in care, experienced severe abuse in childhood, lived in an abusive relationship, or has no safe family and friends, that person may have nowhere and no one to turn to when problems and pressures become unbearable. People all need someone to just be there for them. As one person who helped to name the team stated, “You are always there when we need you.”

Why "Being There"?


The work of the Being There team can encompass any of these roles, and more…

  • Helping people find a home

  • Helping turn a “house” into a “home”

  • Support with claiming benefits or seeking employment

  • Helping people access medical care and specialist help

  • Helping people adopt a safe lifestyle

  • Referring people to activities such as CFL’s therapeutic projects

  • Just “being there”

How We Help

Support is continued for as long as it is needed, but once a person is safely settled into a tenancy and no longer in crisis, their support may be continued by one of the team’s volunteer befrienders.


Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

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Patron: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO

Caring For Life is a registered Charity No. 1174982. Registered office at Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 7NH.

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