The Care Society Homelessness Services Overview
Night Shelter Project
The overall aim of the Night Shelter Project is to reduce homelessness and repeat homelessness in Mid and Central Wales through the provision of safe accommodation for ‘rough sleepers’ and homeless people. Additionally this project aims to achieve positive resettlement outcomes through engagement with service users and by providing support, client activities, housing advice, welfare benefits and budgeting advice and signposting to specialist agencies.
The project incorporates a night shelter providing 24 hour access throughout the year. We put an emphasis on long term stability, giving service users the opportunity to identify and deal with specific issues over a longer term while still being accommodated within the project.
While resident within the project, the Care Society Social Lettings Scheme will explore potential housing options for the service users with a view to future independent living. Our Resettlement programme works successfully alongside the Care Society Bond Scheme and the Social Lettings Scheme.
The night shelter is manned day and night, staffed by fully trained and competent Night Projects Workers who are backed up by an on-call facility.
Rough Sleeper Drop-in Service
The Care Society, in conjunction with The Wallich, Wales & West HA and the Local Authority run a rough sleeper drop-in service, located in the Care Society night shelter in Aberystwyth. This service is by appointment either through the Care Society Support Team or through the Wallich Housing Officer and is currently accessible in the mornings from Monday to Friday.
The rough sleeper is asked to fill in some personal details by the support workers present who will help and assist them with any matters they wish to raise or just have a chat over a cup of coffee. They are given access to clothes washing and drying facilities, a hot shower and food and drinks.
If you wish to make an appointment for this service then please ring or contact us
Temporary Accommodation Scheme
Under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 the Local Authority have to provide temporary accommodation to certain persons who are homeless or potentially homeless and are considered in priority need. The Care Society receive these homeless referrals from the Local Authority and provide managed temporary accommodation properties across the County to house these people.
This accommodation is safe and secure and all persons accommodated have immediate access to other Care Society services to help them, both in the short term i.e. support regarding welfare benefits, signposting to specialist agencies, form filling, etc., and in the long term i.e. help and assistance regarding access to the private rented market through the Care Society Social Lettings Agency and Bond Scheme, advice on removals, etc..
Young Persons Project
Based in Cardigan in a four bedroom household, the Care Society Young Persons Project provides a safe and friendly environment in which to support young people in meeting their achievable goals and aspirations. Each resident has a dedicated support worker who will provide the help and assistance needed to equip them with the skills to be able to live independently in their own tenancies in the future.
To become part of the project, persons must be between the ages of 16 and 25; vulnerable, in need of housing or lacking a safe or stable home; and able to evidence that they can meet rental payments.
Referrals can be self-referrals using the Care Society contact details on the support page or the Contact Us page. It is common for referrals to come direct from the Social Services Department or the Housing Department of the Local Authority.
Housing First for Youth Project
Based in Aberystwyth in a block of five self-contained flats, The Care Society Housing First for Youth Project is designed to address the needs of developing young adults from 18 to 25 years old. The key goal is not simply to be individually housed but to be supported through a successful transition to independence and wellbeing.
The project ensures that young people are able to exit homelessness with the trauma-informed support they need, in order to stabilise their housing and help them transition to adulthood in a safe and planned way, guaranteeing their wellbeing. The Care Society model provides interventions that give young people access to help and support for as long as they need it. Consequently, they are able to recover, to grow and mature, and to engage in school, college or employment opportunities and become socially included within their communities.