Sherwood Street Centre



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Service description

The Sherwood Street Centre is a 24 hour quick access supported accommodation service for homeless adults aged 18 and over with support needs that make it difficult for them to attain and maintain their own homes successfully. The support needs include substance misuse issues, ofending, domestice violence and/or mental health issues.

The average length of stay is approximately 3 months with a maximum stay of 12 months. Staff offer a range of practical advice and support, helping residents with their budgeting skills, benefits, health issues, accessing meaningful activities and finding employment, training and education.

Every service user is supported to work towards an individual support plan, to plan for the future and work towards a more independent way of life in settled accommodation.

The service aims and objectives are:

• To reduce levels of homelessness in Nottinghamshire

• To improve the health of the people who use the service

• To promote social inclusion and responsibility

• To prepare people for sustainable independent living

• To continually improve our service delivery

• To minimise the number of people excluded from the service

• To provide temporary accommodation for homeless people

• To conduct an accurate needs assessment with every service user

• To ensure all service users have an agreed individual support plan

• To facilitate planned move-on to more suitable accommodation

• To facilitate access to health and substance misuse treatment services

• To encourage and support service users to utilise pre-employment, training and education opportunities

• To provide opportunities to develop daily living skills and social support networks

• To annually review and evaluate the service with service users and stakeholders

• To ensure the staff team are adequately trained, supervised and appraised

Learning opportunities

• Knowledge around the needs of homeless people

• Experience of continuing assessment of need and risk

• Person-centred support planning and review

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

• Multi-agency and partnership working

• Familiarisation and understanding of local and national policy and legislation relating to the service user group

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

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

• Working with people with challenging behaviour

• Supporting people with daily living skills, benefit maximisation and budgeting

• Understanding empowerment

• Practice with an emphasis on reducing dependency and focus on prompting life skills/recovery and greater social inclusion and create and maintain links with local community

• Supporting employment and educational opportunities

• Supporting individuals to achieve improved mental health

• Facilitate opportunities to enhance self-esteem and confidence

• Skill teaching/facilitation work to assist individuals to reach skill levels sufficient to enable moving on to more independent living

• Knowledge of tenancy issues, housing management

• Communication and behaviour management skills

• Funding of services

• Dealing with new referrals

• Opportunities to plan moves to independent living

• The opportunity to work with individuals who use drugs and alcohol

• Understanding Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Supporting People and Care Standards.

• Understanding valuing people policy and supporting people requirements

• Monitoring potential environmental hazards


Additional information

Sherwood Street Centre is staffed 24 hours a day and shift work is a requirement of this placement. Students are not required to have use of a car in this placement.