Epping Way is a specialist supported housing scheme that supports eight young people preparing to leave or having recently left the care of social services.
The scheme is located close to Colchester town centre and consists of six self contained flats. People can stay for up to two years after which they are supported to move on to live independently in the local community.
Each tenant has a support worker who meets with them on a weekly basis and supports them in a range of different areas such as:
- Maintaining a tenancy
- Applying for benefits and dealing with appeals
- Advice on move on options, housing applications and tenancy information
- Linking in with GPs, dentists and other relevant health care professionals
- Referrals to other agencies where necessary such as Community Mental Health services, drug and alcohol services, sexual health, children’s legal services, solicitors, Citizens Advice Bureau
- Managing arrears, debt and budgeting
- Education, training and work
- General advice and guidance
Every customer has a support plan that reflects your support needs and aspirations. Support workers regularly review these plans with you to make sure that they still reflect your needs and compliment your statutory pathway plan from social services.
Along with this support, the scheme is staffed 24 hours a day.
Referrals can only be made by, or with approval from, one of the four Leaving and After Care Teams in Essex. Referrals are presented by the referring social worker once a month at the Leaving Care Referral Panel (LCRP) held in Chelmsford.
If a referral is successful at the panel meeting, assessments are arranged in the following month at the scheme the young person has been referred to. The manager will accept or decline them based on the assessment.