The VisionBridging the Gap


The Lighthouse Hostel in Ballymena was founded in 2002 to provide a safe place for homeless men. We aim “To bridge the gap from homelessness to independent living”. The Lighthouse Hostel provides temporary supported accommodation for up to 20 men in Ballymena and is looked after by 16 full time staff and volunteers. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as clients are deemed as medium to high risk, many clients not only have addiction and mental health issues but some also suffer from the dual diagnosis of having both mental health and addiction issues.
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The Lighthouse Hostel provides temporary supported accommodation for up to 20 men in Ballymena and is looked after by 16 full time staff and volunteers. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Mark Forsythe

The Mission StatementTo empower men.


Our mission statement is ‘To empower men to grow in confidence and ability by supporting them in their personal development towards independence and enable them to enjoy life and become a positive contributor to society and aid them to reach the full potential God has planned for them.’ So The Lighthouse Hostel becomes the stepping stone to give homeless men another chance to live life to the full.

The ProcessHow we help.

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Step 1: Application

Potential clients must first be referred by the NI Housing Executive. The Lighthouse then carry out both a Risk & Needs Assessment before offering clients their service
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Step 2: Key Workers

Clients who have successfully completed the referral process are provided with Key Workers who will aid them in their person-centred support plans for growth and development
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Step 3: Support

Key workers encourage and support clients as they move on to a place where they can live independently again. If needed, the staff at the Hostel will ensure the client receives the help of professional local services.
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Step 4: Target Setting

The Lighthouse uses a client lead support process which helps the clients’ set goals in different areas of their life. These include ‘Being Healthy’, ‘Staying Safe’, ‘Making a Positive Contribution’ and ‘Economic Wellbeing’.
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Step 5: New Skills

Clients are also encouraged to learn new skills and express themselves through art, computers and other educational courses, team building exercises, sporting activities and more.
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Step 6: Independence

Clients are also encouraged to learn new skills and express themselves through art, computers and other educational courses, team building exercises, sporting activities and more.

Lighthouse HostelOur Partners

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Full Time Staff & Volunteers
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24 Hours
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Male Beds
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