Who are we?

SHAID is a homeless charity which supports vulnerable 16 to 25 year olds. Our DurhamWorks Plan 4 Life programme helps young people who want to improve their future.

What can we offer DurhamWorks Young People?

Our Plan 4 Life programme offers tailored support for each young person, to meet their specific needs. You can join the programme at any point.

This programme is based above Pact House’s Community Café in Stanley. The café is a great way to teach people who want to learn employment skills in customer services/catering, youth and community work in a real work practical hands on placement.

We offer accredited and non accredited training in a number of skill areas which support employment including:

  • First Aid
  • Food Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Facilities Management
  • Financial Management
  • Work/ Life relationships
  • Music /Arts and Crafts Therapy
  • Cree Club community activities
  • IT training up to level 2
  • BKSB English and Maths Assessments
  • Youth Work Levels 1 & 2
  • Basic Skills progression
  • Confidence Building
  • Volunteering level 2 
  • Mental Health Awareness up to level 3
  • Autism/Asperger’s Awareness
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Mindfulness Training
  • C. V. Writing
  • Job Search
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Motivational presentations

During the summer, you can take part in an overnight residential glamping trip in the Lake District. This opportunity offers activities in water sports, climbing, trekking, archery, cliff jumping, gorge walking and mountain biking.  For some participants this may be the first time away from their home.

The aim of this activity is to build your team skills and confidence, broaden your horizons and open new opportunities in volunteering, which could lead onto apprenticeships and employment.

Intensive one to one support can be offered if you need it.

The Plan 4 Life team offer emotional and practical support and can also help young people to access specialist services, including homelessness support, welfare rights advice and mental health services.

We can help young people who are struggling to make ends meet by offering extra support such as food parcels, furniture and household items.

Two days per week you can take part in our Breakfast Club where after the timetable activities you can enjoy a full English breakfast to set you up for the day. These activities are varied and range from volunteering to make the breakfast to serving customers, community engagement and housekeeping duties. Inspirational speakers come to our specific job search sessions and are chosen to match your interests and goals. There are also a whole range of community activities within PACT house that you can get involved with including a free community meal every Wednesday night.


Speak to your DurhamWorks advisor, or Get Started today.

About to row across Ullswater on a Lake District Residential.

Confidence in the kitchen

Proud to receive the highest volunteering award - Chairman’s Medal

Posing for pictures at Bowes Museum

Participants Receiving the Young Persons High Sheriff’s Volunteering Award at Bowes Museum

Hospitality stand outside of Pact House on Armed Forces Day