New Roots Housing Project

Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood

New Roots 






Service description

We offer specialist support and accommodation to young people, aged 16 – 21 years, who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Currently contracted to provide services to 62 young people across a range of schemes including:

• Teenage parents in self-contained dispersed houses

• Daily support in a combination of shared two person and self-contained independent units

• Move-on accommodation in self-contained dispersed flats

• Floating support to service users in their own tenancies or in private rented tenancies set up by New Roots

• Provision of emergency bed spaces — 6 week assessment unit

The aim of New Roots is to provide and develop a range of high quality, responsive and flexible accommodation and support services, which give young people opportunities to live and thrive in their own communities and be involved in all aspects of their service. Support includes planning, delivery, management and evaluation. Interventions are short term with a holistic approach. We seek to empower service users at all times to make their own decisions and choices.

New Roots currently has a team of 17 staff comprising three managers, a ten-strong support and development team, two admin workers and two staff members who look after the maintenance and cleaning.

Learning opportunities

• Multi-disciplinary working including opportunities to attend core group, CIN meetings and reviews

• Delivery of accredited Lifewise units through group and individual sessions

• Support around managing finances including income maximisation, budgeting and dealing with debt

• Experience of continuing assessment of need and risk

• 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 with people with challenging behaviour

• Understanding empowerment

• Working with service user with alcohol and substance misuse issues

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

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

• Improving housing situations and welfare rights

• Support young people to access employment and educational opportunities

• Facilitate opportunities to enhance self-esteem and confidence

• Knowledge of the needs of homeless people

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

• Systematic record keeping

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

• Opportunities to plan moves to independent living

• Facilitating parenting skills

• The opportunity to work with young service users who use drugs and alcohol

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

• Assessing clients, planning support, implementing support plans, monitoring and review

• Opportunity to work as part of an experienced team as well as development of individual working

Additional information

Students will require a car for this placement.

*This is not a Framework service