Transform Community Development – Seagate Project: Supported Accommodation – A key to the future

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

This is one in a series of Examples of Practice illustrating how initiatives and ways of working in housing, housing support and homelessness services have significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those people being supported and contribute towards the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes for Integration.

This practice example is based on Larry who is currently living at the Seagate Project, which offers tenancies and secure occupancies to individuals who have suffered from severe and enduring mental health issues. Larry’s life had been a succession of admissions to mental health establishments all over the country. As these admissions became longer and more regular it was agreed that he would benefit from living in supported accommodation within the community.

What you did?

Larry moved into the Seagate Project, this was the first time in 20 plus years that he had taken a tenancy. The housing support that is provided around the clock gives Larry reassurance that he can get support if required.  Support ‘on hand’ has not been available to Larry in previous accommodation. Using Better Futures (a web-based outcomes monitoring system organised around five goals) has allowed Larry to monitor his progress and become more active in his support. He has found it useful to see his support mapped out in a pictorial manner. With respect to monitoring and supporting his severe and enduring mental health issues, using Better Futures has allowed Larry and staff to better identify areas of concern, which means that additional support from his CPN can be sought quickly.

What were the outcomes – benefits or otherwise?

For the first time in years Larry feels that he can become an active member of his community, he feels secure in his home, free from the threat of eviction and short-term leases. The support that he receives allows him to look beyond his housing and he is planning to look into volunteering at the local Cats Protection shelter.

The full Example of Practice is here.

Further information can be obtained through the following link:

Other Examples in this series will be published in the near future.

Contacts – to find out more

Transform Community Development:

Bryan Smith, Operations Manager   01382 224966

Better Futures:

Heather McCluskey, Information Officer   0131 475 2676

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