Housing-related support in South Derbyshire, Erewash and Matlock. Floating support provision in Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire.

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Service description

The SAFE consortium provides flexible housing-related support to young people across Derbyshire, between the ages of 16 and 25, to prevent homelessness, promote independence and ensure they are able to sustain their own accommodation in the future.

The SAFE consortium consists of three key voluntary sector organisations — Adullam, Framework and Stonham.

• SAFE provides different support solutions each tailored to meet the specific needs of young people, which include supported housing and floating support

• SAFE provides supported accommodation across the county ensuring that young people have safe and secure places to live. The accommodation provided is short term. The service enables service users to develop the independent living skills needed to ensure that they are able to successfully maintain their own tenancies when they are ready to move on

• The accommodation units are available in Erewash, South Derbyshire, Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Chesterfi eld, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

• SAFE also provides floating support options to people living in their own tenancies. The service ensures that people are able to maintain their homes and therefore reduce the risk of tenancy breakdowns and potential homelessness. This element of the service will be delivered through home visits, surgeries, drop ins and via group work and will be available to young people across Derbyshire.

• The service works together with other organisations across Derbyshire, in order to prevent the need for more intensive service provision. It takes a proactive approach to preventing homelessness by helping people out of housing crisis and then working with them to develop their support networks, coping strategies and daily living skills

Learning opportunities

• Legal and policy issues and dilemmas relating to people with a range of support needs which could include mental health issues, substance use and offending, young people leaving care, homelessness, child protection, vulnerable adults and housing law

• Understanding of the Supporting People initiative

• Multi-disciplinary and partnership working, liaison with other agencies involved in supporting service users which could include the multi agency teams, leaving care teams, local authority housing teams, CAB, benefits agency, criminal justice system, drug and alcohol teams, mental health teams and social workers

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

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

• Knowledge of the needs of homeless people, knowledge of tenancy issues and housing management (including rent, health and safety checks, maintenance and purchasing), support maintenance of tenancies

• Experience of providing support to people in their supported accommodation to enhance their independence, including support with daily living skills, benefit maximisation, budgeting, employment and educational opportunities, promoting social inclusion by encouraging and enabling service users to create and maintain links with the wider community (if placement based in Ilkeston or south Derbyshire)

• Person-centred needs and risk assessment and management, support planning and implementation, monitoring and reviews

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

• Possiblity of small group work, house meetings in some shared accommodation and service user forums across Derbyshire (currently in development)

• Experience of developing resettlement plans for longer term housing

• Systematic record keeping

• 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 (if placement based in Chesterfield area)

• 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 and contribute to effective running of the team

• Opportunities to apply relevant theories


Additional information

As the service operates as dispersed accommodation and floating support (dependant on placement location) across various parts of Derbyshire, it is essential for students to drive and have access to a vehicle for placement purposes. The support hours are

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, with occasional evening and weekend work tailored to meet individual needs.