Charity - Doorway, Advice, Support, Accommodation. Warwickshire.

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Giving Young People a Chance

Our Housing Support Service can support up to approximately 80 young people at any one time through different funding streams. Most of the young people we work with have never lived independently before and can find it hard to cope in their own accommodation and deal with a host of new responsibilities. We believe that all young people are individuals who deserve a chance to move on positively in their lives.

We therefore move young people into their own tenancy in a planned and supported way. Young people are encouraged to identify their needs through the support planning process. This means it is tailored to meet their individual needs and makes each plan unique. This helps them to live independently in their own home and reduces the likelihood of tenancy failure. They learn that the choices they make may have positive as well as negative consequences. Support sessions usually take place in their home environment.

Emotional support covers areas such as loneliness, self-motivation, confidence building and developing social networks. Referrals are made to other agencies if required, such as counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol services.

Practical support can cover a range of issues including budgeting assistance, initial set up of tenancy, benefits, cooking, shopping, setting up payment plans for household bills, being neighbourly, guidance on further education, training and work. Contacts are maintained with the originating referring agency. We also help young people to apply for permanent housing. This list is not endless and can vary depending on each individual and how many hours of support they receive.

Doorway manages a grant from a foundation which helps young people access good quality furniture when they first move into accommodation. We also liaise with a local furniture recycling project to maximise the grant.

Support Workers aim to assist individuals to gain the knowledge and confidence they require to live independently and resolve their housing problems. It also helps to prevent repeat homelessness.

Young Person’s Support Service:

Through the BBC Children in Need funding Doorway was able to launch its first Young Person's Support Service. This service is for young people aged between 16 and 18 and needing support to develop independent living skills. Please select this option on the referral form or contact Doorway if you are interested in finding out more about this service.

Housing Related Support:

Doorway has held a contract to deliver Housing Related Support in Warwickshire since 2003 and looks forward to working with new partners following commissioning processes in 2016.

Access to Supportive Housing Partnership:

The Access to Supportive Housing Partnership (ASH) was formed in 2014 to identify new ways of working with homeless people in Warwickshire to prevent homelessness.  The project has two Housing Support Workers to work with 16 to 25 year olds and two Housing Support and Mental Wellbeing Worker’s to work with single homeless people aged 16 and above including vulnerable adults, with low level mental health issues. Please select this option on the referral form or contact Doorway if you are interested in finding out more about this service.

Charity No: 1067127          Patron Ken Loach

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