Community Housing for Care Leavers | Kibble Community Services

Kibble’s Community Services provide a range of accommodation for young people, aged between 5 and 26 in the heart of the community. There is a mix of residential care houses where full support is provided similar to on-campus accommodation, close support in 2 bedded flats and supported accommodation for those young people who are ready to take the first step towards independent living.

Supported accommodation

The services in the community are designed to provide tailored accommodation and support to meet the needs of individual children and young people, who may struggle to live amongst larger groups, or who may benefit from living off campus. The accommodation includes 2-bedded flats where there is a provision of close support, off campus residential care houses which offer varying levels of support in an age appropriate setting, and semi-independent living for those who are preparing to transition out of their current care service.

Integrated Services

Kibble offers a tailored approach that responds to the needs of the individual. All children and young people in the community have access to our comprehensive range of services to help them achieve the best outcomes. A multi-disciplinary approach to young people’s care ensures consistency across all areas.

Primary, secondary and tertiary education is provided accordingly to each of the children and young people.

Young People at The Heart

We follow the GIRFEC model of care, ensuring each young person gets dedicated care and support to meet their individual needs. Their needs are assessed on an ongoing basis enabling us to tailor services to meet their requirements and respond quickly and effectively.

Positive Relationships

Our experienced, professional team are dedicated to the welfare of young people. They provide 24/7 care and are the familiar, friendly faces that provide practical and emotional support. Staff build positive, trusting relationships with young people ensuring a continuity of care.

Therapeutic Support

Children and young people are also supported by our Specialist Intervention Services (SIS) team who provide psychological care on a needs-led basis. Our team of psychologists have particular specialisms in supporting young people affected by adversity or trauma.

Preparing for the future

For young people who are ready to begin the step towards independent living, we work in partnership with the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum which allows us to develop our community services in line with all relevant good practice and legislation. Our young people are fully involved in the development of the service and are encouraged to maintain contact when they move on, whether this is to Kibble’s Housing Support Services or their own tenancies.

Young people have the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to live on their own, for example support with employment, education, budgeting and cooking.

Having a safe and secure place to live is something that most of us take for granted. We recognise this can be a daunting time for young people transitioning from residential care, and as such we put a number of supports in place to ease this transition.

The Community Housing team works closely with staff on campus to ensure that when a young person is ready to move into a community house there is a familiar face waiting to welcome them.

An action plan is developed with the young person to help prepare them for the move. Prior to the young people moving into their new home, we arrange a number of visits and overnight stays to support them with the adjustment to living in the house full time.

What Kibble provides:

  • Tailored Supported Accommodation – We provide tailored accommodation and support to meet the needs of individual children and young people, who may struggle to live amongst larger groups, or who may benefit from living off campus.
  • Bespoke Service – Each young person’s needs are assessed on an ongoing basis enabling us to tailor services to meet their requirements and respond quickly and effectively.
  • Round the clock support – No matter the time of day, our Community Housing Services team are on-call to provide assistance when needed.
  • Education – Primary, secondary and tertiary education is provided accordingly to each of the children and young people.
  • Therapeutic Support – Children and young people are also supported by our Specialist Intervention Services (SIS) team who provide psychological care on a needs-led basis.
  • Flexible Support – The support given is based on the needs of each individual young person.
  • Supported Tenancies – The young person will receive continuing support and supervision from care professionals. They will also have access to Kibble’s other services e.g. Specialist Intervention Services and Kibble’s young workforce development programmes.
  • Supported Employment And Training – Access to Kibble’s young workforce development programmes will be offered, or the young person will be supported with an external college/ work placement.

Organisations outside of Kibble can now make referrals to our Community Housing and Housing Support services. To find out more, please email [email protected]

Neil McMillan

Head of Community Services

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