Leiston YPS is a supported housing scheme for homeless young people aged from 16 to 21 in Leiston, Suffolk. The support is provided by Access Community Trust and the landlord for the building is Flagship Housing. The building consists of 4 pairs of single accommodation flats, each sharing a communal bathroom, kitchen and lobby/entrance door. There is a staff office, communal lounge with TV and laundry facilities for residents.
Residents at Leiston YPS are responsible for paying their personal service charge if they qualify for housing benefit, however if the weekly rent is not covered by Housing benefit or Social Care then the resident is expected to pay this.
Each resident will be assigned a key worker when they move in who they will be expected to meet with regularly. During their key work meetings residents will create a support plan, this is a plan of achievable goals they want or need to meet whilst they are living in supported housing. Residents must work with staff to achieve these goals as well as working on our own ‘independent living skills’ programme. This programme covers things like bills and budgeting, healthy relationships, citizenship, household management skills and healthy living and can be completed one to one with staff or in group sessions.
At the Leiston foyer we have cooking sessions, where we show how to cook in bulk and on a budget teaching basic cookery skills to help young people become more independent. We also have group off-road cycle rides to promote healthy exercise, run sea fishing trips and The Leiston Bike Project – recycling and repairing bikes. We also have regular house meetings where residents get to have their say on ideas for outings, fundraising, or general things that are going on at the project.