Young People’s Supported Accommodation
The Impact We Will Make
Prior to 2020, only 17% of young people were achieving successful independence. Our unstoppable mission is that in five years’ time, we will see at least 55% of young people achieving successful independence. Moreover, we want to see a significant number of these young people taking leadership roles within the organisation and within their own communities.
We will harness our expertise in youth work to help us realise our vision for all young people in Oxfordshire to be the best they can be.
Take a look at our Theory of Change.
Key Components of YPSA
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Co-designing this service means that we will work with young people to continuously shape and influence the direction this model goes in. The voice of every young person in this service will make a positive difference to the development of the support.
Oxfordshire Youth Progression Coaches provide intensive 1-1 and group-based informal and non-formal learning for young people in supported accommodation in Oxfordshire. Progression Coaches are located across Oxfordshire at ASPIRE, SOFEA, BYHP and in the Oxfordshire Youth Offices.
Each young person will receive youth work support to develop a pathway plan which outlines their personal goals. Young people will gain the opportunity to achieve accreditations such as the ASDAN independent living skills accreditation and will also be encouraged to access Oxfordshire Youth programmes such as the Young Leaders, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Where possible, we will work hard to support young people to reconcile with families, and where this is not feasible, we will work alongside them to help them achieve the goals they set for themselves.
The YPSA workforce receive clinical supervision alongside quarterly Action Learning Sets, a peer to peer coaching model which stimulates critical thinking skills and solutions-focused approaches.
Our partner Response provides 3-4 bed homes across Oxfordshire for 130 young people aged 18-25. As part of a major review of the Young People’s Supported Housing Pathway in 2019, Oxfordshire County Council conducted research providing evidence that young people in supported accommodation are more likely to thrive in shared properties which house a maximum of four young people.
Working closely with our partners will be key to the success of this new approach. Find out more about our partner organisations:
- Response (mental health and housing)
- ASPIRE (employment)
- SOFEA (food and education)
- BYHP (young homelessness)
If you are excited by the vision of this new service, and have ideas or questions you want to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Head of YPSA Service Beth Parrott: [email protected].