Homelessness Prevention Services

Location:
Bassetlaw, Newark & Sherwood, Broxtowe, Gedling & Rushcliffe, Mansfield & Ashfield

 

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Service description

These services are set out to provide support to prevent homelessness. We provide housing-related support and guidance on rent or mortgage arrears, eviction, accommodation finding and sustainment and resettlement into the community. We support a wide range of people aged 16+, including ex-offenders, people affected by drug and or alcohol misuse or in recovery and people at risk of becoming homeless due to other vulnerabilities. This may include people leaving supported accommodation, hospitals, prison or other institutions.

The service provides tailored support packages for Crisis Intervention and, Resettlement and Sustainment. We seek to address support needs such as: accessing appropriate benefits, budgeting and debt, finding and setting up a new home. The service is delivered alongside other agencies to provide a holistic support package to enable people to: access local services, link in with specialist support, access training, education and employment.

Support and guidance packages are delivered in local community venues, service users’ homes and via housing surgeries and drop ins.

 

Learning opportunities

• Experience of providing support to people in their own homes or at an outreach surgery based in several areas around Nottingham City and County

• Experience of providing support to people in their own homes to enhance independence as part of an outreach/floating support service, whilst adhering to the agency’s lone worker policy

• Person centred support planning and review and intervention

• Multi-agency working including attending multi disciplinary care program reviews

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

• Understanding Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Supporting People and Care Standards

• Linking theory and legislation to everyday practice

• Networking with other professional agencies, both statutory and voluntary sectors

• Understanding empowerment

• Improving housing situations

• Supporting employment and educational opportunities

• Supporting individuals to achieve improved mental health

• Facilitate opportunities to maintain and develop existing relationships

• Facilitate opportunities to enhance self-esteem and confidence

• Knowledge of tenancy issues and housing management

• Duty of care

• Valuing diversity

• Report writing

• Dealing with new referrals

• Community outreach work

• Systematic record keeping

• Creating and maintaining links with the local community

• Contribute to effective running of the team

• Working as part of an experienced team to provide a high quality service

 

Additional information

Mansfield & Ashfield, and Newark Homelessness Prevention Teams work across large rural areas.

A full driving licence and access to a car is required for all Nottinghamshire teams as support may be provided in the clients own home. Car Insurance will need to contain business insurance for reimbursement of mileage during working hours.

Core support hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm excluding bank holidays, with flexibility if required to support around, for example shift patterns or weekend appointments.