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Accommodation

Having suitable accommodation that enables you to live as independently
as possible is a major factor in anyone’s recovery from mental distress.

We offer a range of services that support people to live somewhere that is right for them. This will depend on where they are in their recovery journey and their level of need at that point.

Our support includes both 24-hour CQC-registered residential services and supported housing.

All of our accommodation services take a personalised approach offering people greater choice and control over their care. We tailor support to meet individual needs and help people to set and achieve their own goals.

We strive to support people to live as independently as possible, now and in the future. Our teams work with individuals as their confidence develops, to gradually build their autonomy at a pace to suit them.

We work with people to build on their strengths, skills and resilience, helping them to develop their own set of resources to self-manage and stay well. When they feel ready, we help them to progress towards more independent living. This might involve making the move from 24-hour residential care to supported accommodation, or to their own flat.

Our Progression Together model supports people managing complex and challenging mental health needs to progress towards increased independence. As part of this, we equip people to take greater responsibility for directing their own support. We piloted this model within several of our 24-hour CQC-registered services, and a three-year independent evaluation undertaken by the Mental Health Foundation found that the model improves people’s wellbeing, encourages them to lead healthier lifestyles and supports them to live independently. We aim to apply the learning from this piece of work across our other 24-hour residential services.

To address the urgent need to improve transitions from in-patient mental health settings to the community, we developed our Clinical and Recovery-focused Accommodation service (CaRFAS). This is a 24-hour CQC-registered accommodation service for people who experience mental distress alongside a range of other multiple problems. Residents are likely to be entering the service from high-level support and secure settings or as an alternative to hospital admission.

They told me at 18 that I was not safe to be out in the community, and I spent much of my life in and out of hospital. Together helped me to move into a wonderful flat of my own. For a long, long time, thinking of living like I am now was just a dream.” Together resident