Young People, Young People with Complex Needs (Homeless) and Young People & Generic Floating Support

Grafitti Barry Young People We provide specialist ‘young single homeless’ and ‘young people leaving care’ projects across south, west and mid Wales in a mix of floating support and accommodation services.

Our leaving care projects provide 24 hour supported living with sleep-in Floating Support staff who respond to the needs of young people leaving care, providing them with continuity of support as they move from supported accommodation to independent living.

We maintain close and regular links with the Foyer Federation to benefit from resources and access to best practice across the UK.  Our foyers provide a range of support from daily (without sleep-in cover but an on-call service), to 24hr support (sleep-in cover) and our largest foyer with 33 young people (waking night staff and sleep-in cover).

We use successful engagement methods and interventions to help young people identify specific goals that will support them to overcome or reduce their needs and achieve their aspirations.

These techniques include open questioning, active listening, motivational interviewing and taking solutions focused approaches when setting support plans. We find an effective method of intervention is to hold regular workshops with young people and invited professionals to explore, debate and share solutions to issues affecting their lives. These can include tenancy issues, work/training advice and support, self-esteem and confidence building, drug awareness, sexual heath, healthy living, basic food hygiene, first aid, developing parenting skills, and anger management.

As well as addressing particular issues, these workshops have led to a number of projects being developed by the young people themselves. These help to improve confidence and self-esteem, community and employer engagement and personal skills development.

Our staff are trained to deliver effective housing related support and specialist support provision for young people through in-house and external accredited courses.  Our services benefit from involvement in our internal best practice groups as well as attendance at external networks and events focused on best practice in the support of young people.