Housing for young people

The Foyers: Swan House, Dove Cott & Heather Court

Swan Foyers

In 2019 Swan's three Foyers were formally accredited by the Foyer Federation. The FOR Youth accreditation was awarded after a 12-month quality development process. During this process Swan demonstrated a commitment to working with the young residents living in the Foyers. They use a system known as Advantaged Thinking, developed by the Foyer Federation. This method helps the young people to grow their confidence, identify their strengths and goals and supports them to success.

 

This video shows highlights from a trip residents from all of Swan's Foyers went on earlier this year.

Swan Foyers.JPGResidents at our Foyers are encouraged to explore their potential and we offer a range of courses to help our residents acheive this whilst they are with us.

You can find out more about the courses in our Time For A Better Future Prospectus.

Various courses are available in the following categories:

 Parenting skills

 Skills for life and employment

 Health and Well-being

 Technology

 Creativity 


We support Advantaged Thinking

It is a philosophy about using the advantages we possess as humans – our assets, talents, resources and abilities – to create the conditions for a society in which everyone can thrive.
Rather than getting lost in the safety net for supporting people’s disadvantages, Advantaged Thinking looks for the springboard of positive action that will bring about sustainable change. Our traditional focus on the language and outcomes of needs and deficits is given a different perspective through Advantaged Thinking by being better connected to people’s goals and assets. Advantaged Thinkers want to create a better future – and they work to build it using the best tools.
Advantaged Thinking believes that everyone has a talent, the ability to be someone positive in life. With the right set of opportunities and support, we can identify and harness everyone’s talent for personal and social good. As scouts, we can work to find someone’s talent; as coaches, we can nurture that talent; and as agents, we can promote and progress that talent further. Advantaged Thinking looks to invest smartly in people’s potential for the present and the future. The opposite is DisAdvantaged Thinking. Disadvantaged Thinkers behave in ways which assume that some people do not have talent. It is a thinking that defines people by problems, promotes through deficits, and builds services based on a limited view of the future.
DisAdvantaged Thinking helps people survive and cope because it does not think they can do anything more. It works to limit risks and prevent harm, but by doing so does not look for breakthroughs. It is not challenged to innovate sustainable solutions. DisAdvantaged Thinking invests wastefully because it can never find a way to use our full talents to engage the talents of others we don’t believe in.
There is a huge social injustice at the heart of the way in which we prepare young people for adulthood in the UK. We seem to value and invest much more in those young people who already had a good start in life, while our inability to provide a positive induction to adulthood for those who do not get that from home often traps them in dependency and deprives us all of their talents. We would do better, for all our young people, if we replaced ‘DisAdvantaged Thinking’ with the reality of who young people are. Advantaged Thinking strategises the Foyer Federation’s vision for making a positive investment in young people based on developing assets instead of supporting deficits. It encourages us to shape a better world, the right way up, where young people are promoted to be invested in. It’s a journey for a different type of youth charity and movement.
 

swan house foyer

Southview Road, Vange, Basildon, SS16 4GB

Tel: 07834 517818 

Swan House Foyer provides supported accommodation for single young people aged 16 to 24 who are in housing need and require support to acquire the skills to live independently.

The scheme consists of 17 one bedroom flats of which one flat is adapted to meet disability needs. One of the flats is maintained as a 'crash pad' which provides emergency accommodation for up to six weeks for young people referred from Social Services, 16+ Access to Resources Team. All the flats are fully furnished with access to shared on-site facilities including a communal lounge, laundry and IT suite. The scheme is staffed 7 days/nights per week between the hours of 9am and 6.30am (10am and 6.30am at weekends). Each resident has a dedicated support worker.

It is a condition of residency that residents sign up to and participate in a support plan and engage in accessing education, training or employment.

Support at Swan House Foyer

Swan House Foyer offers a range of support through an individually tailored support plan to meet the needs
of residents as they move towards social and economic independance . Some examples of support provided are:

  • Advocacy and advice on welfare benefits and housing benefit.
  • Budgeting and maximising income
  • Independent living and tenancy management skills
  • Health and wellbeing issues
  • Access to education, training and employment
  • Life skills such as cooking skills, healthy eating, cleaning/flat
    maintenance
  • Motivational and Confidence building skills
  • Move on and resettlement
  • Referrals

Referrals are accepted from Basildon Borough Council, Social Services, YOT, Probation and Basildon Community Resource Centre. All referrals must have a local verified connection to Basildon.

All referrals are interviewed through a Needs and Risk Assessment by a member of Foyer staff. All referrals are then presented to a joint referral panel consisting of representatives from Basildon Borough Council, YOT, Probation, Social Services and the Foyer. It is the decision of the panel to either accept or decline the referral for accommodation and support.

Dove Cott House Parent and Child Foyer

Dove Cott House, Mellow Purgess End, Laindon, Basildon SS15 5AX

Tel: 07876 833053 

Dove Cott House provides supported accommodation for pregnant young women and single parents, aged between 16 and 24, with young children who are in housing need and require support to acquire the skills to live independently.

The scheme consists of 23 one bedroom flats of which one flat is adapted to meet disability needs and a 2 bedroom family flat. All flats are fully furnished with access to shared on-site facilities including communal lounge and laundry. The scheme is staffed 7 days per week between the hours of 8am and 11.30pm (10am and 10pm at weekends). Each resident has a dedicated support worker.

It is a condition of residency that residents sign up to and participate in a support plan and engage in accessing education, training or employment.

Support at Dove Cott House

Dove Cott House offers a range of support through an individually tailored support plan to meet the needs of residents as they move towards social and economic independence. Some examples of support provided:

  • Advocacy and advice on welfare benefits and housing benefit.
  • Budgeting and maximising income
  • Independent living and tenancy management skills
  • Health and wellbeing issues
  • Access to education, training and employment
  • Life skills such as cooking skills, healthy eating, cleaning/flat maintenance
  • Parenting skills
  • Referrals

Dove Cott House is a sub regional scheme and nominations are requested from all Essex Local Authorities including Southend-on-sea and Thurrock. Nominations are prioritised according to LA then need in the following order:

  • Basildon Borough Council
  • Rochford and Castlepoint
  • Chelmsford
  • Brentwood
  • The remaining Essex LA's
  • Essex Unitary Authorities of Southend-on-sea and Thurrock

The nominating authority will need to formally retain their duty to rehouse their nominee submission of a S184 letter to Swan Housing stating that their nominee will not accrue residency.

Heather Court foyer

31 Station Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 0BP

Tel: 07590 961730 

Heather Court provides supported accommodation for single young people aged 16 to 25 who are in housing need andrequire support to acquire the skills to live independently.

The scheme consists of 15 one bedroom flats, of which one flat is adapted to meet disability needs. All the flats are fully furnished with access to a communal lounge. The scheme is staffed 7 days/nights per week 24 hours a day. Each resident has a dedicated support worker.

It is a condition of residency that residents sign up to and participate in a support plan and engage in accessing education, training or employment.

Support at Heather Court

Heather Court offers a range of support through an individually tailored support plan to meet individual needs as the young people move towards social and economic independence. Some examples of support provided:

  • Advocacy and advice on welfare benefits and housing benefit.
  • Budgeting and maximising income
  • Independent living and tenancy management skills
  • Health and wellbeing issues
  • Access to education, training and employment
  • Life skills such as cooking skills, healthy eating, cleaning/flat
  • Maintenance
  • Motivational and Confidence building skills
  • Move on and resettlement

Referrals

Referrals are accepted from Havering Council, Social Care and other agencies.

All young people are interviewed by a member of Heather Court staff before they are offered a property. Each young person is presented to a referral panel consisting of representatives from Havering Council, Commissioning Services, Family Mosaic, Social Care and Heather Court. It is the decision of the panel to either accept or decline the young person for accommodation and support.

Our Foyers were already members of the Foyer Federation but in May 2016 we were delighted to confirm that the foyer Team were successful in achieving The Foyer Federation 's Status Mark which indicates that the focus, approach and relationship aspects of the service provided by Swan meets the high standards set by the Foyer Federation