Nottingham city









Service description

Foothold is a floating support service providing housing-related support throughout Nottingham city to families and pregnant women with housing-related support needs. Including people living in temporary accommodation, local authority or housing association accommodation, private rented or owner-occupied housing.

The aims of the service are to prevent homelessness and avoid the damaging effects on families, children and communities. Service users have a named worker to support them with the tasks needed to maintain and sustain their tenancies for an average of three months.

Foothold is a specialist service developed to meet local needs, bringing together the expertise of three of Nottingham’s leading voluntary sector support agencies: NCHA, Framework and Nacro.


Learning opportunities

• Experience of providing support to people in their own homes to enhance their independence with an emphasis on reducing dependency and focus on promoting life skills/recovery and greater social inclusion

• Housing-related support to assist service users to maintain their tenancies

• Knowledge of tenancy issues, housing management

• Knowledge of the needs of homeless people

• Increase awareness of mental health needs

• Working with individuals with a range of mental health needs, challenging behavior and alcohol and substance misuse

• Understand safeguarding vulnerable adults, Supporting People, Valuing People and Care Standards

• Issues around child protection and duty of care, implications of the children acts and safeguarding procedures

• Initial assessments, risk assessment, management strategies and reviewing risk, assessing clients, planning support, implementing support plans

• Experience of advocating on behalf of service users with other service providers and organisations

• Income maximisation and budgeting

• Working within the principles of anti-discrimination, anti-oppressive practice and equal opportunities

• Crisis intervention

• Supporting employment and educational opportunities

• Motivational techniques, communication and behavior management skills

• Resettlement work

• Promoting social inclusion by encouraging service users to crea te and maintain links with the local community

• Systematic record keeping

• Child development

• Broad scope for strategies of intervention and being able to ex plore putting theory into practice

• Creating and maintaining links with the local community

• Facilitating parenting skills

• Working with challenging behaviour

• Working within the education sector

• Outreach work with families

• Counselling and analytical skills


Additional information

The services a student may be involved in could include adoption work, direct work with children and school social work. A car driver is required and a student may be expected to travel across the East Midlands region and at times work unsocial hours.

With particular reference to adoption work, this placement would best suit a second or third year student and/or a student with previous relevant experience.

*This is not a Framework service