Cosgarne Hall provides accommodation and support for homeless people in Cornwall. We have 4 properties in St. Austell and house 60 people across them who have varying levels of support needs and issues which prevent them from being housed elsewhere, or which contributed to them becoming homeless in the first instance.
We house a variety of people and our aim is to provide tailored support in order to help people to eventually live independently. People stay with us for up to and sometimes over two years in order that they have the chance to really turn their lives around at a pace appropriate to them.
Cornwall has the highest number of rough sleepers in the UK, after Westminster in Central London. The fact that our 60 rooms are almost always full is proof that that there is a true need for Cosgarne to be in operation.
St. Austell is the largest conurbation in Cornwall, home to 23,000 people and is in a pocket of deep financial deprivation and unemployment. These factors coupled with our knowledge of the area and close links with Police, probation and health services mean we know there is a relatively high proportion of persons rough sleeping and sofa surfing in the area.
We will accept anyone from any part of the County, however we hold a waiting list and preference is given to local persons, including ex-offenders, people with drug and alcohol and other problems: our aim is not to turn away anyone who needs what we offer, if we can possibly help it.
Cosgarne Supported Accommodation is an experienced and well recognised leaders in the support requirements of homeless persons. The Support Team is based at Cosgarne Hall, helping residents to address the causes of their past homelessness, lead an independent life and move on to a permanent new home when they are ready to do so.
They help clients to deal with accommodation related consequences of a wide range of problems, such as:
Drug and alcohol misuse, Depression, Unemployment, A history of offending, Learning difficulties, Partnership break-ups, Financial mismanagement, Generally chaotic lifestyles.
This is not an exhaustive list. We aim to help as many people as possible, whatever their problems may be. We are not, however, equipped to accommodate children.
We do not insist on abstinence from alcohol. We provide support and counselling for those with alcohol related problems, encourage and support them to address those problems, and do our best to discourage excessive and irresponsible use of alcohol, but we do not prohibit our residents from drinking, on or off the premises.
Our buildings are not prisons but we have Security on site for out of hours who have state of the art CCTV to keep residents safe. Residents are free to come and go as they please and, so long as they engage positively with the support team, to lead whatever lifestyle they choose, provided that they can do so without upsetting their neighbours (including the local community). The aim of our service is to encourage residents to live independent lives, but with the security of support when they need it.
81 Truro Road