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Next Step Professional Guide

Care Homes Newcastle - Next Step Professionals Aims of Next Step

The aim of the service is to support young people who are leaving care with the next step to independence and prepare them for living on their own, in their own tenancy. This will include giving support and guidance to enable them to move on and have the confidence to meet the following outcomes:

  • Develop as an individual
  • Take responsibility for your own development
  • Make your own decisions
  • Sustain a tenancy
  • Manage household bills and budgets
  • Access education, training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities
  • Access appropriate benefits
  • Access health services
  • Complete domestic tasks such as cleaning, washing, budgeting, shopping and cooking meals
  • Access leisure and social activities
  • Develop social and community awareness through involvement with local groups
  • Re-connect with your family, friends and local community

Next Step - Room Accommodation

The provision of quality accommodation offering comfort, homeliness, safety and privacy in a young person centred environment. Each young person will have their own “flat let” comprising of sleeping area, desk area for study, a sitting area with their own fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. The young person will have access to three shared bathroom facilities

Next Step - What we provide What we provide

  • Next Step’s vision is to work in partnership with local authorities and other responsible bodies to deliver accessible, high quality and needs led services that promote choice, independence and social inclusion and enable vulnerable individuals to live successfully within the community. The service has been developed in order to improve the progression and distance travelled by young people leaving care on the road to independent living and taking their place within the community.
  • The Next Step Project is a specialist support service, which provides support to young people leaving care aged between 16-18 years within a 24 hour supported living accommodation and needs led outreach support for young people who have been allocated their own tenancy.
  • The young people referred to the Project will have a needs and risk assessment carried out to assess whether the young person fits the requirements of the project, in order to achieve the best outcomes for the both the individual and other participants.
  • The Project promotes equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery regardless of ethnic origin, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, social class or any other relevant personal characteristic or preference. We strive to ensure that the staff team is reflective of the local community and client group and work to meet the requirements of the equalities standards in line with any contractual obligations.
  • The Project meets its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all regulations, approved codes of practice and guidance relevant to the support service provided, such as a lone working policy and procedure, risk assessments, health and safety policies and procedures.
  • The Project Manager will use a range of monitoring systems within the project to ensure compliance with contractual obligations. Due to our experience of operating registered children’s homes the systems used in our homes will be implemented in the project to ensure stringent, effective monitoring of the project is undertaken.

Next Step - Location Location

The project is ideally situated for all local amenities. There is a public park with a leisure centre, football pitches and tennis courts across the road from the project. There is easy access to local colleges and a thriving and diverse shopping area is approximately 10 minutes walk away, whilst excellent transport links into the city centre are accessible on the doorstep (a journey of no more than 5 minutes), where young people can access a wide range of varied and stimulating activities including, swimming and sporting activities, bowling and cinemas etc.

Next Step - Support What support will I receive?

The team at Next Step come from a variety of backgrounds and have all been selected for their own individual skills and who have demonstrated their commitment to helping and supporting young people.

We have staff that specialise in Education and Training, Health and Wellbeing, Benefits and Housing, Apprenticeships and Employability.

The team will support you throughout your time at Next Step to achieve positive outcomes and they will meet with you regularly to make sure you progressing.

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