The Benefits, Employment, Action Team (BEAT) is a joint venture between Oasis Aquila Housing and Changing Lives, funded by the Help for Single Homeless Fund. The team supports people aged 16 & over who are currently homeless, in supported accommodation or have experienced homelessness, helping them to overcome individual barriers to employment. BEAT “Pre-employment Coaches” support service users to find stability and can help to develop skills such as CV writing, interview techniques and accessing training to improve their chances of finding the right job for them.

The team works across Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland and work closely with other services such as Jobcentre Plus, housing projects, day centres and other local charities to help prevent service users from being at risk of losing their homes again. Staff also deliver training on benefits changes to staff in supported accommodation projects across the region.

Click here to read Mary’s story, a service user from BEAT

To get support from BEAT contact either of our coaches (Sarah and Tim) at Central Office on 0191 477 3535 or email or