Tenants First

Our Tenants First is a highly skilled team, with expert knowledge. We offer our tenants a range of specialist, tailored ways to help them keep their tenancies and enjoy where they live.

Tenants First offer a fresh approach by giving a personalised package of help for tenants who are having difficulties. We work jointly with tenants and our partners to give support where and when it is needed.

Follow this link to contact the service.

The Tenants First is ‘funded by European Social Fund.’



Family Intervention Keyworkers

Our dedicated key workers offer practical, hands on intensive support to tenants with multiple and complex needs. They use the evidence based Family Intervention methodology. They help families to identify their problems at the root cause, and after initial assessments, provide the family with a support plan which they are able to do and realistic. The rules for a key worker is that tenants are:

  • Involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour
  • Struggling with a high level of debt
  • In danger of losing their home
  • Involved in Domestic abuse and or Sexual Violence
  • Experiencing untreated/managed mental health problems
  • Experiencing untreated/managed physical health problems
  • Experiencing substance misuse problems
  • Children in need (education/parenting/safeguarding).
Tenant Support Officers

Our Tenant Support Officers provide specialist money management advice and support to tenants who have difficulties with:

  • Tackling and reducing their rent arrears
  • Certain vulnerabilities which means they need help completing online applications for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
  • Budgeting
  • Dealing with additional rent charges due to under occupation sometimes known as ‘Bedroom tax’
  • Universal Credit.

Please also visit the Barnsley Council website ‘More Money In Your Pocket’ page, to find out how you could save money or get help in a range of areas.

Mental Health Housing Support Officers

Our Mental Health Housing Support Officers provide flexible, responsive housing related support to tenants who:

  • Have low level mental health needs, which are
  • Affecting their ability to maintain a successful tenancy.

They work with tenants to provide a range of practical and emotional support and interventions in order to reduce the risk of tenancy failure.

Housing Coaches

Our journey starts with our housing coaches who support tenants on our waiting list for rehousing. Our housing assessment team identifies applicants who may need that extra support to set up and maintain a tenancy with us.

Our support is very hands on, practical, advising and guiding to ensure that the applicant is all set up to care for their home, report repairs, pay bills and utilities and be part of the community where they live.

Furnished Tenancies

We can look into providing a furnished tenancy for applicants who are to become our new tenants and who:

  • do not own adequate furniture / be in a position to reasonably afford to furnish their new home
  • are vulnerable and have health or social problems.

You can find further information on our Furnished Tenancies page.