Supported Lodgings Case Study:
Steve was referred to Supported Lodgings as he was estranged from his home as his family relationships had broken down. It was arranged for Steve to have an informal meeting with the Hosts to see if they where a good match. S.L was explained and Steve was reassured we would help him re-build family relationships if he required it. From this Steve’s Nightstop support worker helped him apply for benefits and his personal file set in place. In the file, contact with Steve was recorded and weekly actions and appointments were noted so that they would be met.
Whilst staying in S.L accommodation Steve was supported with learning life skills. Steve attended regular cooking sessions. This involved planning and preparing a meal within budget and shopping for ingredients. Whilst cooking Steve and I would discuss his progress in S.L and any concerns he had. Steve conveyed he felt comfortable with Hosts and had begun to build a good relationship. The Hosts were very supporting and worked on laundry skills which lead to Steve washing, drying and ironing his own clothes weekly. The Host had also been influential in helping Steve gain full-time work. The Host had friends that worked in a company close to the Hosts home and asked them to put Steve forward for employment. Steve had an interview and was successful. He is a bright individual and has a great work ethic so it wasn’t long before the company saw his potential and asked him to develop his skills on the other sections of the shop floor. He also made many new friends at work and enjoyed earning his own money. Steves confidence grew and he explained how he now felt part of something and expressed he was ready to live on his own.
After 6 months Steve had achieved his goals and Nightstop and the Host deemed him ready for Move On. Redditch Borough Council awarded Steve gold band and with support from Nightstop, Steve placed bids on suitable properties listed on the Choice Based Lettings scheme. Within one month Steve was successful and was given the opportunity to view a property for which he later accepted. Steve was offered floating support for which he accepted for three months after moving in. Within this time he was supported with setting up utilities, Nightstop donated a start up pack which included household items. He was also given weekly food parcels until he settled into budgeting for his new home. Steve withdrew from Nightstop services after 3 months but was reminded he could always access the service if he came into any difficulty.