Confidence and skills for life.
Flexible community outreach support helps service users at their residence and may be commissioned exactly according to their needs. For young adult care leavers transitioning to an independent life, a high number of support hours a week may be required, or for those living independently, either alone, or in a supported group residence, low-level, or occasional support might be appropriate. For example, to help through a period of difficulty, crisis or recent adjustment, such as pregnancy, bereavement, accessing education or learning a new life skill. Every service user has complete continuity of care with their experienced support workers, with weekly one-to-one progress reviews to address ongoing needs and wellbeing, and access to emergency and 24/7 callout support. Emphasis is on maximising confidence and skills so that dependence on care can be reduced safely and appropriately.
Individual pathway planning prioritises support around the identified key areas of health, wellbeing and independence, known to be fundamental in reducing the risks of mental health decline, unemployment, substance misuse, offending behaviour and homelessness:
- Stability of accommodation, including tenancy, correct use of grants and ensuring no risk of eviction
- Work and learning towards a meaningful future, including help to enroll and apply for college, university, or employment
- People and support to help move in the right direction, make safe choices and feel connected
- Self-care and looking after own health, including eating healthily, exercise and getting sleep, as well as managing health conditions and risks
- Managing feelings and getting help, whether derived from mental health conditions or not, to address issues of low self-esteem, anxiety and identity
- Making choices, to avoid the associated problems of, for instance, anti-social behaviour, using drug/s and drinking alcohol
- Managing money, so that rent, services and the basics can be managed, including debts and the ability to plan ahead financially and use banking and financial services
- Practical life skills, including going shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry and other practical