Bosco House opened in 1983 under the guidance of Father Michael Booth, a Salesian priest who taught in the local secondary school.
Father Booth opened the house in response to the growing numbers of homeless young men whose lives had been affected by heroin. We now support people who have experienced multiple problems – homelessness, addictions, poor physical and mental health, unemployment, low educational and life skills, family rejection, social isolation and stigma, prison, etc.
In 2008, we were successful in a bid to Communities and Local Government for Places for Change funding. This was match-funded by Sefton Council and Sefton Drug Action Team (DAT) so the property could be refurbished to a high standard. This transformation took almost a year to complete. Since then, the Trustees, management committee and staff team have also undergone important structural and cultural changes, without losing sight of the original Bosco ethos.
Bosco House has been credited for its partnership work and it's ability to embrace change and promote good practice. In 2009, The National Treatment Agency acknowledged this by awarding a further £135,000 towards the improvement of the training facilities in the Futures Suite.
You can see from the accompanying photographs the excellent standard of accommodation we provide. We believe that given the right opportunities and support, our residents can settle more quickly in a comfortable, stable environment.
Many of our residents have suffered from long-term social exclusion and stigma, in some cases amounting to decades, due to the above issues and are left with negative self-esteem, shattered self-confidence and, consequently, a poverty of aspiration. For many, this is the greatest obstacle to overcome if reintegration into the community is to be achieved and successfully maintained. The Bosco ethos is to treat everyone with dignity and fairness and provide a high standard of accommodation and support.
Manager: Lisa Boylan
Day Support Workers: Debbie Kirkland, Chris Dixon
Night/Weekend Support Workers: Martain Miller, Ed Coyle, Margie Dalton
Housekeeper: Susanne McKenzie