Provides high quality planned tenancy support to young people aged 16-25 years in the Neath/Port Talbot area to enable them to develop their skills and find solutions to their issues, better manage their homes and reduce the risk of homelessness.
Caer Las believes that people have skills, experience and insights to draw on, even in difficult times, that make them the real ‘experts’ in finding solutions.
Our role is to give them the time, space and support to move forward at their own pace and make the changes that matter to them.
Our work with clients is based on our core values;
- We believe that everyone has strengths and resources to create their own solutions and build a better life
- We regards everyone as having equal value and treat people with dignity and respect
- We are committed to absolute equality and fairness in everything we do
- We are committed to work with people who experience extreme vulnerability despite the challenges that this may present
Caer Las strives to apply LEAN principles in everything that it does, working to ensure that maximum time is spent with clients and offering face to face services to the people that we are here to assist. This allows for an added value and non waste approach to service delivery and achieving outcomes with our clients.
A ‘Solution Focussed’ approach is used to work with clients and encourage them to find their own solutions using their own strengths and attributes. All staff have been trained in the techniques that have facilitated real and sustainable change.
The scheme is staffed by 6 highly experienced and knowledgeable development support workers and has the capacity to support up to 36 young people. The team provides person centred support in the home and cover a wide range of issues that include:
- Tenancy and housing issues
- Benefit entitlement
- Education/employment/voluntary work
- Support networks/relationships
- Physical and mental health issues.
- Substance misuse/alcohol
- Criminal justice/anti-social behaviour.
Support goals are matched to the young persons own ability for independent living and personal circumstances. Gradually support moves towards longer term needs, with the young person taking on more responsibility for their tenancy. Specific objectives are detailed in support plans to encourage independence.
The challenge for the team was to create a service that is relevant to the clients it serves and encourages the young people to engage with support in a meaningful way and importantly gains their trust.
Outdoor adventure and challenges were seen as not only enjoyable and engaging for the clients but also importantly helped to promote positive behaviour. A range of opportunities have developed from this initiative including a group gaining OCN in Traditional and Sustainable Building from the Down 2 Earth project. Metro Allen-Green woodworking taster. Involvement in BTCV’s Green gym. A popular activity is the arts and crafts group.
The team has also developed a Self-esteem and self concept programme to help service users identify their support needs and obstacles to change.
Client fun day events are used to encourage social networks and knowledge of local services and activities. The development of events is informed by the development of a service user involvement group. This also encourages personal development, confidence building and social skills.
The scheme also offers additional in-house services that include, counselling, welfare rights, access to debt advice and specialist job seeking agencies.
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How to contact the Young Persons Scheme
Neath Port Talbot Young Persons Scheme
49 Talbot Road