Self contained units of temporary accommodation for vulnerable, single, homeless young people aged 16-25 years who are working towards independent living. The accommodation is safe and secure with access to 24 hour professional staff. Support specifically focuses on preparing the residents for move on into their own independent accommodation within the community.
Description of service and support
The accommodation is provided in en-suite studio flats, one bedroom self contained flats and one bedroom maisonette, all the accommodation is fully furnished and equipped including soft furnishings and bedding. Service costs are paid for via a weekly charge that the residents have to pay for themselves as these are non eligible for housing benefit. These charges are for gas, electric and water and include access to laundry facilities at each of the properties. Wash powder and cleaning materials are not provided. Residents have access to a weekly programme of in house social activities.
Support offered includes:
Key work support – a named key worker is allocated and support is provided through weekly meetings.
Key living skills including a weekly programme of social activities that includes interaction with the other young people that live at the project. These activities include cooking and preparing healthy meals, arts & crafts, learning to clean and care for their accommodation, good neighbour skills, budgeting and managing their money in preparation for independent living
Residents will complete six Key Skills Units for Independence. These include:
1. Moving On And Managing Change;
2. Understanding Your Tenancy;
3. Housing Options And Viewing A Flat;
4. Furnishing A Flat;
5. Money Management
6. Staying Safe And Healthy Living.
Academic education and life skills training programmes are available for under 19 year olds in a purpose built training centre. As part of the training courses provided residents have an opportunity to take part in trips, adventurous activities and residential visits.
Drop in support is available by appointment for residents when they first move on from the project into independent living to ensure a smooth transition.
Next steps usually include the allocation of Band 1 status to apply for permanent accommodation via completion of the Local Authority Ready to Move Application Form (RM2) and/or accessing move on accommodation for independent living within the local community.
Capacity and facilities
|No of places||8|
|No of baths / head||0|
|No of showers / head||1 per unit|
|No of toilets / head||1 per unit|
|Own cooking facilities||Yes|
|24 hour staff cover||Yes|
|Computer / internet access||No|
|TV (own room)||Yes|
|Own room furnished||Yes|
|Laundry on site||Yes|
|Can you smoke in own room?||Yes|
|What are the restrictions on guests visiting during the day?||No unaccompanied children under the age of 16|
|What are the restrictions on overnight guests?||Must be pre-approved with 24 hours minimum notice required|
|What support must clients engage with?||One to one support with an individual key worker and the staff team|
|Please detail any other significant house rules:||No un-prescribed drugs or weapons including ornamental items are allowed on the premises. No pets of any kind|
Tenure and costs
|What is the minimum stay?||1 month|
|What is the maximum stay?||2 years|
|What are the tenure options?||Licence Agreement|
|What is the cost per week to the client?||Varies|
|Minimum age accommodated?
|Maximum age accommodated?
||Male and female|
|Relationship status accommodated?
||Single, no dependants|
|Are there any access restrictions and if so what?||No visitors after 11pm unless authorised over night stay has been granted|