Support for people leaving care – a success story

We partner with a wide range of organisations to ensure that vulnerable people across the North of
England have the help and support they need to fully integrate into the community.

For young people leaving care, it’s essential that their mental, practical and emotional needs are met – and that’s exactly what we’re here for…

Partnering with North Yorkshire County Council

As part of a long-running relationship, our services are employed by North Yorkshire County Council

who trusts in us to smooth the transition of young people leaving care and going out into the world
as independent adults.

In line with the Council’s participation in the Government’s Care Leaver’s Charter, we assess,
prepare and support individuals in those all-important first few years after leaving care. We help
local care leavers to plan their way through a variety of issues, such as:

  • Accommodation
    Living independently
    Education, training and employment
    Mental and emotional health
    Financial arrangements
    Abuse and addiction

K’s story – in the beginning…

K entered Pathway Two Accommodation-Based Services in July 2010, when he was 19. After being assessed as ‘Medium Need’, he was offered a place at South Parade in Northallerton.

Unfortunately, by the time K reached the end of his two year placement he was struggling with
managing his connections with associates, and was involved with drugs – both legal and illegal. His
mental health was also a big concern and he had no income at all.

In December 2012, K was transferred to the Medium Support Unit at Prospect View in Northallerton.

With our support – and in light of the deterioration in his mental health – he made a successful claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in March 2013, going on to be awarded the ‘high
support element’ of ESA April 2013.

Initially, K engaged well with support staff, but it became apparent early on in this tenancy that K really struggled to manage ‘guests’ and ‘associates’; staff felt that K was very vulnerable in this respect, and prone to being used financially by so called ‘friends’.

Sometimes K would engage well with the support offered, depending on fluctuating circumstances,
but by the end of 2013 it became clear that his mental health was still deteriorating, along with his ability to manage visiting associates. This led to K starting a dialogue about wanting to get away from the area and from the people he felt were using him.

K’s progress

In February 2014, K was reassessed as ‘High Need’ by HUB/Time Out staff, and was moved to the appropriate facility the following month.

Since this adjustment in the support K receives, he’s shown impressive progress – engaging with support staff, counselling and substance misuse services, and developing skills to deal with his mental health issues. He’s also successfully completed a year at college, and while he’s deferred the next year due to financial reasons, he’s keen to get back to it as soon as he can.

In July, K was successfully gold-banded through the Choice Based Lettings system in July, and has recently bid on a one bedroom flat – we’re all keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll be matched to it!

The results so far…

It’s been a real pleasure for the staff to see the positive changes in K over the last 4 years, and while he’s happy to actively seek support from them when needed, he’s found the confidence to deal with most situations himself.

K is keen to fulfil his aspirations of working with animals, and certainly has the attitude and
appearance that says he can make it now! However, just recently K approached another young man who he recognised as having mental health problems similar to those he once suffered, and after offering them a friendly ear, the team are hoping that K may go on to help others by acting as a peer support volunteer.

Although K has spent a significant time in Pathway Two Accommodation, staff felt that the facilities have never really ‘matched’ K’s requirements… until this last placement (but of course we would say that!).