Short Time Out Projects
Our short-stay alternative to B&B placements provide a place of safety for young people at the most challenging stage of youth homelessness.
Nobody ever thought placing homeless young people in B&B accommodation was ideal but, faced with no alternative, this is what happened. 16/17s and young adults facing homelessness who were still studying or just having finished school were housed alongside homeless adults, often with complex needs. B&B placements felt risky for young people at the very least. That's why we created the STOP (short time out project) services we operate today.
The STOP service model was inspired by ourselves and local authorities demanding better options than B&B placements. We wanted to deliver a service for young people facing homelessness that had the right characteristics: They had to be very safe - and STOPs are just that due to our Concierge officers being ever-present. They had to properly commence progress towards independent living - or where safe a return to family. Thanks to our approach they do.
STOPs are a busy places: People who enter these services are expected - at the very least - to engage with a support programme and where appropriate our Restoring Families service. It is normal for people in STOPs to continue with/return to education, or take up training or employment. Service users stay no longer than a few weeks or months before moving on to longer term supported accommodation or returning to live with family.
For those that can't safely return to family, CAYSH works with people, jointly creating individual support plans designed to help them progress to independent living. The plans include what skills are required for independent living - budgeting, cooking and so on - and the ability to maintain a tenancy. The plan is also designed to help find ways to overcome any barriers to achieving ambitions in life. Almost all of us took this kind of support for granted and CAYSH sees no reason why those we work with should have it any different.