Gateshead Supported Housing Phone: 0300 323 0083Email: [email protected]Postal address: 204 Aidan House, Sunderland Road, Gateshead, NE8 3HU What we do: The aim of this service is to support people who have mental health needs and are in need of a place to live, to move into temporary housing for a period of up to two years and be supported there. This support will be to enable each person to develop all the necessary skills, understanding and links with other agencies to be able to live independently in their own home as part of their local community. MHM provides this service in partnership with three housing associations who supply the properties used for this service, providing support to people in 6 self contained flats across Gateshead. As the service provides low/medium levels of support, each tenant living in our supported housing gets approximately 3 hours of support per week. In some of the buildings there is a shared main entrance, hallway and stairs but each individual has their own lockable front door which no-one else can get into. Each of these flats is fully furnished, equipped and decorated by MHM. This includes crockery and cutlery as well as pans for cooking. Every person who is accepted onto this service is allocated a key-worker from our team of dedicated and fully trained support staff. This key-worker will hold one to one meetings with each service user regularly, at least once a week according to need. In these times they will work together to develop a support plan that will help the person being supported achieve the aim set out above. They will be able to live in their own home either without the need for support or knowing for themselves where to get that support from. The support provided will help each service user to identify areas of their lives where they have experienced problems in the past. These problems may have led to them losing housing they used to have and feeling now that they would not be able to cope with that responsibility again. We will enable them to deal with all these issues and develop a strong self –confidence that they can achieve a positive future in their own home. As well as a dedicated key-worker service users will receive support from the whole team as needed. They will also be supported to establish links with other support groups and community organisations which they can be part of to both receive and give support. Support staff will work with each service user throughout their stay with us to help them make applications for re-housing into longer term housing. Each person will be helped to prepare for the day when they will move into a new home where they can be fully part of their local community. Who is the service for? We work with people aged 18 and over who either live within, or are registered with a GP within, the borough of Gateshead. How do I access the service? All referrals must be made by a health/social care professional. If you are seeking a referral, please contact your social worker, CPN, drug & alcohol worker, or other support worker to discuss your options, and they can make a referral on your behalf. If you are a professional and want to make a referral, please call us on 0300 323 0083 to discuss the referral and request a copy of the referral form.