We’re delighted to announce that we have secured a contract from Warwickshire County Council to provide homelessness prevention services in the North and South of the county in partnership with Warwickshire based charity Doorway, launching on 1st of August 2016.
The service will be initially for 250 young people aged 16-24 including young parents with capacity for some expansion if needed. The service will operate across Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire, Rugby and Stratford-Upon-Avon, with offices young people can visit in Nuneaton, Bedworth and Stratford.
These new services in Warwickshire, known as ‘floating support’, compliment well our services in nearby Coventry which also aim to prevent youth homelessness. Staff will visit young people identified by the Council as being ‘at risk of homelessness’ in their own homes and support them to develop the skills to ensure they can successfully remain living independently, to prevent them falling into rent arrears, getting into debt or in some other way reaching a ‘crisis’ point.
Support workers offer a range of practical and emotional support to help young people maintain their tenancies and accommodation taking a personalised individual needs approach to help young people achieve this, including developing tailored support plans which include holistic needs and risk assessments. Young people are also encouraged to identify and set goals for themselves regarding what they need to do in order to make positive steps forward and change their lives.
Both St Basils and Doorway have extensive youth engagement and learning, skills and work opportunities to compliment support work and assist young people to increase their skills sets. Therefore young people accessing our support in Warwickshire will also have access to our well established and accredited Life Skills programme which includes modules in healthy eating, cooking and budgeting, as well as our hugely popular Mental Skills Training programme delivered in partnership with University of Birmingham.
Lorna Esien, Director of Operations at St Basils said: “We are proud to have been given this opportunity and pleased to be able to expand our holistic model of support into Warwickshire, in partnership with another local charity, in order to help reduce the chance of youth homelessness or repeat homelessness.”