Turning Lives Around - Beacon Leeds
COVID - 19 referral and admissions update
Beacon is continuing to move clients onto independence and is still accepting a limited number of referrals for clients entering the service. A new eligibility criteria has been introduced for the service: currently we will only be accepting referrals from Leeds Housing Options and clients who are staying at the temporary emergency accommodation facilities provided by Leeds City Council.
The exceptions to this are as follows:
· urgent safeguarding cases
· hospital discharge
These temporary measures are in place to deal with the current crisis, as part of a citywide response and the updated eligibility criteria will last until 04/07/2020, at which point they will be reviewed. We are still able to provide advice around accommodation options for clients with multiple and complex needs.
Turning Lives Around is the lead partner in a Leeds city-wide initiative that helps homeless people with multiple and complex needs who are vulnerable. Beacon was launched in 2017 and is delivered by a consortium including Turning Lives Around, Touchstone and Foundation. Each partner brings specific and unique skills and experience that enables us to intervene to prevent homelessness for those at risk. This combined approach ensures the optimum service for our clients. We also work closely with other agencies, such as Forward Leeds and Engage, to further support our clients.
Access to Beacon is via referral. Referrals can come from Housing Options (Leeds City Council),our Street Outreach Support Worker, other agencies or via self-referral. Our outreach worker is part of a larger multiagency team which provides support and advice to those living on the streets who have otherwise disengaged with services, or those who are waiting for access to housing or treatment.
Once the referral has been received, we aim to assess possible clients within forty eight hours. The assessment usually takes one and a half hours and is about making sure we are the correct service for the client and can provide the support they need. Within five working days, we will contact the client explaining the way forward.
Beacon provides three types of accommodation for our clients, and all provide support. We have: self-contained flats with essentials and white goods provided; shared accommodation and Intensive Support Environments. The ISE’s provide on-site round the clock support in a hostel environment.
Beacon's support includes tenancy training along with a range of services tailored to clients’ individual needs such as:
- self-care, health and wellbeing
- budgetary and financial advice
- peer mentoring
- access to volunteering and educational opportunities
- recovery support, including harm reduction and joint work with drug and alcohol agencies
- managing statutory orders and risk.
Beacon can accommodate around 230 people at any one time and with a maximum length of stay between six and 10 months, it supports around 600 people each year to move into independent living.
Eligibility criteria for Beacon:
- Be over 16 years old and have an established local connection to Leeds i.e. Leeds resident, family associations, previous or current employment etc.
- Be willing to participate in the Beacon support planning process and possess sufficient living skills to be able to maintain a tenancy with the support provided.
- Require a period of supported accommodation to live independently, addressing complex and multiple needs*.
- Require accommodation for safeguarding purposes.
- Have limited accommodation options available, for example being unsuitable to access Private Rented Sector accommodation or the Council Lettings Scheme due to high support and/or risk issues.
- Require accommodation due to leaving institutions such as prison, hospital etc.
- Not present a level of risk that would significantly compromise the safety of staff and others working or living within close proximity of the client.
*homelessness, offending, mental health and substance misuse