Local Authorities

What we provide

  • The Independent Living Project’s vision is to work in partnership with local authorities and other responsible bodies to deliver accessible, high quality and needs led services that promote choice, independence and social inclusion and enable vulnerable individuals to live successfully within the community. The service has been developed in order to improve the progression and distance travelled by young people leaving care on the road to independent living and taking their place within the community.
  • The Independent Living Project is a specialist support service, which provides support to young people leaving care, in a range of tenures; including 24 hour supported independent licensed living accommodation and needs led outreach support for young people who have been allocated their own tenancy. In order to achieve this The Independent Living Project provides supported accommodation provision for young people preparing to leave care aged 16 to 18 years on admission. The Project provides self-contained, partially furnished, single person accommodation units with 24/7 support by appropriately qualified staff.
  • The Project promotes equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery regardless of ethnic origin, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, social class or any other relevant personal characteristic or preference. We strive to ensure that the staff team is reflective of the local community and client group and work to meet the requirements of the equalities standards in line with any contractual obligations.
  • The Project meets its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all regulations, approved codes of practice and guidance relevant to the support service provided, such as a lone working policy and procedure, risk assessments, health and safety policies and procedure
  • The young people referred to the Project may have complex needs and display challenging behaviour. They may also have emotional and learning difficulties. A needs and risk assessment is carried out to assess whether the young person fits the requirements of the project, in order to achieve the best outcomes for the both the individual and other participants.
  • Support for young people who are leaving care and to prepare them for living on their own in a tenancy. This will include giving support and guidance to enable them to move on (within a target period of12 months) and have confidence to:
    • be able to sustain a tenancy
    • be able manage household bills and budgets
    • be accessing education, training or employment
    • access appropriate benefits
    • access health services
    • be able complete basic domestic tasks such as cleaning,
      washing clothes and cooking simple meals
    • reconnect with their family, friends and the
      local community
    • access leisure/social activities

Benefits For Local Authorities

  • A high quality, reliable, needs led service, offering clear provision with
    defined aims, objective and targets.
  • Measurable and improved outcomes for the benefit of Local authorities and the young people involved. These include sustainment, Tenancy Management, Offending, and support outcomes.
  • A financially competitive service, which may afford large savings on
    current provision.
  • A flexible and proactive service with various levels of support offered,
    tailored to the needs of the young person.
  • Individual support plans based on the needs of the young person. The
    plans are updated on a regular basis to enable the distance travelled by the young person to be evaluated.
  • All staff are qualified to set standards and are subject to enhanced disclosures from the Criminal records bureau
  • Young people are supported and encouraged to gain access to
    employment, education, and training and to achieve economic
    wellbeing whilst accessing meaningful daytime activities as they strive to achieve independence.
  • Move on plans to facilitate the progression to individual tenancies. The
    project has developed partnership working with other agencies that in
    turn provide follow on accommodation and support facilitating the
    move on plan.
  • A 24 hour support service to ensure service users stay safe and to
    promote healthy lifestyles
  • Service users actively involved in the development of the service
  • Monthly feedback and client reviews.
  • A service committed to equal opportunities and to promoting equality
    of access to the organisation’s services.
  • Service Level Agreements

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