The All Saints hostel, in Portsmouth, provides accommodation and support for 22 young people aged from 16-25 who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
The young people referred to the service come from a variety of backgrounds; many will be care leavers who may have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Some are released from young offenders units, but the majority of the young people referred to the service have been evicted from their family home by their parents. There are a variety of reasons that young people may be asked to leave their family home: not sticking to rules, using drugs, danger to other family members, not contributing to home or other issues with parents / step-parents. As a result our young people can have a range of needs and display challenging behaviour.
The service accommodates 22 young people in single bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities across three floors. It is located in a central position in Portsmouth town centre close to shops and bus routes. Young people are referred via the Young Persons Housing Panel, which is managed by Housing Options, Portsmouth City Council. The service is funded through the Portsmouth Supporting People Team and we work in partnership with First Wessex, the landlord, to deliver a 24 hour service.
The service aims to provide support to these vulnerable young people to address the issues related to their homelessness and develop their life skills in order to move them on to more independent living and avoid future homelessness. This is achieved through support planning and key working with individual, person centred, support and risk management plans. These are developed in consultation with the young person and any other agencies working with them.
All of the young people are supported to complete a Life skills Programme delivered in house that ensures they are equipped with essential life skills that will enable them to maintain successful independent living in the future, such as food hygiene, cooking and budget management.
Many of the young people at All Saints are very young, very vulnerable and in need of stability, boundaries, respect and above all a bit of love! The staff team are very experienced in engaging and working with young people and encourage them, at every opportunity, to take steps to build a brighter future.
For further information contact the Service Manager, Jane Spencer on 023 9287 3131 or via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All referrals are via the Young Persons Housing Panel managed by Housing Options, Portsmouth City Council.
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