Stafford & Cannock League of Hospital Friends are committed to reducing homelessness and social disadvantage through the provision of specialist housing services primarily with those who suffer from mental illness.
We are committed to providing services through individually tailored support plans for each resident within a framework of the recovery model, equal opportunities, diversity, anti-discrimination and respect.
Our staff work within a multi-disciplinary team and work in partnership with statutory services, in particular: social Services, NHS Trusts, Probation Serve, Medical Practitioners and Social Housing Providers to assist in the successful resettlement and rehabilitation of those using our service.
Our Aims and Objectives
Our key objectives are to provide modern furnished accommodation for those wishing to live independently but need help and support to achieve this
We will work with our residents to support and empower them to achieve their goals and aspirations assisting in their resettlement and rehabilitation and enable them to safely return to live in the community
Whilst recognising the damaging effects of mental illness our inclusion workers will work with residents to help them recognise the ‘triggers’ that can contribute to an episode of mental illness/offending and support them to develop coping strategies to help with the healing process. A holistic approach is at the heart of what we do.
Stafford and Cannock League of Hospital Friends currently offer a variety of accommodation including single person flats and shared accommodation furnished to a high standard and with all white goods provided. Our strategic plan is to move towards more single accommodation over the next 12 months
Residents who live in shared accommodation share a lounge, kitchen and bathroom and have a bedroom for their use.
All the accommodation is close to Stafford town and is situated close to amenities, shops, bus routes, health centres, post office and hospitals.
Move-on will happen once the resident has gained the skills that are needed to sustain a tenancy of their own. Together with the inclusion worker the resident will identify suitable accommodation in a preferred area of choice. The inclusion worker will support the resident to ‘bid’ for accommodation that meets their needs.
Conditions of licence
Stafford and Cannock League of hospital friends residents hold a licence to occupy to reside in their accommodation.
Service users work through a support plan and ‘Outcome Star’ which is a recognised recovery model.
Residents will meet with their inclusion worker on a regular basis, at least once a week. The support sessions are structured providing an opportunity to focus on aspirations and achievements for future outcomes.
Resident Support Services
There will be weekly meetings between inclusion worker and resident with individual support plans being updated in support sessions and where any concerns can be discussed and goals identified.
Clients are encouraged to access voluntary agencies and education providers which will assist in their well-being and meaningful use of time. Staff will assist in the completion of all the necessary housing benefit forms and welfare benefits applications. Appropriate employment providers will also be identified in order to access employment opportunities
The Veterans Project - Intensive Housing Management and Support Service
The Veterans Intensive Housing Management and Support Service is committed to reducing homelessness and social disadvantage through its provision of specialist housing in order to support those who suffer from mental ill-health
We are committed to providing services to individually tailored support plans for each veteran within the framework of the recognised recovery model, because opportunities, anti-discrimination and respect.
Our staff work within a multidisciplinary team and working in partnership with a wide range of statutory services in particular SSAFA the Royal British Legion, the veterans network, veteran’s mental health services, social services primary-care trusts, NHS, National probation service, medical practitioners and social housing providers to assist in the successful resettlement and rehabilitation of those using our service. Partnership working is valuable to both the individual and the organisation it will identify and recognise the importance of the pathways from military to civilian life.
Alcohol Recovery - Dry House Intensive Housing Management and Support Service
In April 2017 Stafford and Cannock league hospital friends were delighted to open a new property near the town centre that is to be used to cater for the needs of people recovering from alcohol dependence. This unit is the only residential resource of its kind within Stafford.
The League of Friends is committed to providing its services through individually tailored support plans for every client and within a framework equal opportunities, diversity, anti-discrimination and respect.
Stafford and Cannock League of Hospital Friends staffing team work in partnership with the statutory services in particular social services, probation service, medical practitioners, volunteering and housing agencies to assist in the successful resettlement and rehabilitation of those using the service.