Russell Bower

Associate Director of Operations
— Non-Residential Services


Supported Housing

The Supported Housing service has seen an increase in demand from clients to be housed

The way the team work with the residents day in and day out is truly inspiring and the old adage of “never give up” is at the forefront of every situation they encounter. They have faced residents who are sometimes very chaotic, resentful, angry or disillusioned with the way that life has treated them, and with consideration and empathy have helped the residents to change their lives around. The team truly makes a difference every day to somebody’s life and I truly admire them for their skills and determination to do so despite the odds that the residents face.

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162 clients were accommodated in St Petrocs’ Supported Housing

There has been some very good partner agency work undertaken which continues to benefit the residents we accommodate. We have increased our current bed spaces to 85, yet we continue to have a waiting list of clients who need accommodation. Our houses provide residents with not just a roof over their heads, but a place that they can feel comfortable and safe: a place in which they can address the issues that have caused them to become homeless in the first place.

“The way the team work with the residents day in and day out is truly inspiring and the old adage of ‘never give up’ is at the forefront of every situation they encounter”

The Supported Housing team continue to expand their knowledge and understanding to stay current within the changing demands of service delivery. We work closely with landlords and private letting agencies to fi nd suitable alternative Move On accommodation and work with various agencies to facilitate the support that our residents need.

The end result in the majority of cases is that a person who leaves our accommodation is in a better position going forward with appropriate housing. This may be through their own private rented accommodation, back to family or friends or even to other supported accommodation that better suits their needs at the time. And for the residents who have not found appropriate accommodation, we will continue to work hard and fi nd better solutions to move forward.