Medway Council award funding to Stepahead Support

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Stepahead Support has recently been awarded funding by Medway Council to deliver housing support for young people aged 16 – 25 years who are in supported accommodation.

Stepahead will support Medway’s vision for Housing Support “To improve the quality of life of vulnerable socially excluded people living in the borough through the delivery of preventative housing support services and to make Medway a place where people are able to achieve their potential for independent living.”

step_005Stepahead has been commissioned to provide 33 units of supported accommodation to enable individuals to move on and maximise their independence and maintain a tenancy.  Stepahead will also provide 6 weeks floating support when young people leave the service when a positive move on has been achieved.  Stepahead will work with the young person and other agencies as applicable to enable holistic service delivery to include:

  • Establishing successful tenancies, reducing risk of homelessness, furniture, bond deposits and financial management advice to ensure that benefits entitlements are properly accessed, rent and utilities are paid and any debts managed as part of personal budgets.
  • Access to health, education, employment and leisure services, such as support accessing appointments and knowledge about what options are available.
  • Social and community needs in relation to reducing isolation, positive relationships with family and/or friends, reconnecting with their area of origin, positive social networks and opportunities to have fun, have new experiences, learn new skills and contribute to the local community.
  • Transitional needs such as moving into employment, education or training and transitions related to moving into adulthood such as between children’s and adult services, from CAMHS to adult mental health.

Carolyn McVittie, Managing Director of Stepahead Support said; “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract in Medway to support young people to maximise their opportunity to achieve their potential for independent living and positive integration in their community.  The support we provide will enable them to develop a good level of resilience that empowers them to improve the quality of their life and prevents future challenges impeding on their health and wellbeing.”