FLAGSHIP has been formed by three organisations which were founded in Leeds to support vulnerable young people, the homeless and ex-offenders. GIPSIL is the lead agency delivering and managing the contract with delivery partners Leeds Housing Concern (LHC) and Foundation. Between us, we have almost 100 years’ experience of working with excluded groups in Leeds and a deep commitment to working in partnership with Leeds City Council, statutory and third sector agencies to address the issues faced by young people at risk, young offenders, care leavers and teenage parents.
Each of the organisations will lead on service delivery to young people at risk in one area of the city: GIPSIL in East North East, LHC in Aire Valley Homes and Foundation in West North West. The three partners will take the strategic lead for each of these areas: enhancing strong working relationships with key agencies, officers and forums; developing best practice and joint working arrangements.
These organisations bring specialisms in working with Care Leavers, Teenage Parents, BME communities, victims of domestic violence & sexual exploitation, Young Offenders and substance use. GIPSIL’s Engagement and Welfare Advice Service which holds the Advice Quality Standard.
FLAGSHIP’s move on strategy for the services is to ensure that YP are able to move to appropriate accommodation within 6 months. This helps YP and staff to focus, from assessment onwards, on the support needed to equip YP with the skills needed for successful independent living. The triage approach on entry to the service helps identify and tackle immediate needs including resolving issues that threaten young people’s ability to access tenancies including,
Our triage assessment will also ensure that:
All trainer flats will be allocated on six-month Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). An individual move on plan will be drawn up with each YP as part of support planning. Whilst living in the trainer flat, the young person will receive support to develop their independent living skills and to identify suitable longer term move on accommodation. This will include assisting young people with understanding the housing options available to them, particularly in the light of current and future benefit restrictions.
We will ensure that young people have a realistic understanding of the available housing options whilst recognising that ensuring young people are in the right area and right property for them is crucial to maximising successful outcomes. The move on plan will ensure that young people are supported to access suitable longer term accommodation including support to bid for properties online. It will also ensure that YP moving out of trainer flats into unfurnished accommodation are able to access essential items of furniture and that all young people moving on either access local welfare assistance or receive a starter pack of essential items e.g. crockery, cutlery, bedding etc. To maximise the potential for effective long term resettlement we will begin work to link young people with ongoing sources of support in the community where they will be rehoused.
FLAGSHIP ensures there is understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being a tenant, and helps prepare a young person for independent living. Covering the following topics
Securing & Sustaining Tenancies.
Employment Training & Education.
Inclusion and Engagement.
FLAGSHIP is commissioned by Leeds City Council and Leeds Children’s Social Work Services. We have been working
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FLAGSHIP has 150 units of accommodation across Leeds.