Our aim is to provide individuals with the stability, support and guidance they need to take the next step in their recovery from mental illness and to support them towards independent living in the community.
We provide supported tenancies through a pathway for up to two years.
We’re currently replacing our supported living accommodation at Chalkwell Lodge with new, purpose-built facilities in Southend. The £4.8m development is supported by investment from the Homes and Communities Agency and will include 33 self-contained flats more specialised facilities, as well as one wheelchair standard apartment, communal areas for residents, office space and staff accommodation.
The scheme on Sutton Road is being developed by our partners Sanctuary Group and is due to open in 2015.
How we help
Chalkwell Lodge is a 24 hour supported housing scheme made up of 28 bedrooms. Our trained support workers are on site 24/7 but individuals are allocated their own support worker who will work with them on a one-to-one basis throughout the period of their tenancy.
Tenants have individual support plans based a recovery star model. We believe people are the expert in their own recovery and so support plans are developed together with the individual so that appropriate goals can be set and the right level of support agreed.
Our aim to provide person focused and outcome focused support to prevent individuals from relapsing back into hospital while on their recovery journey. We concentrate on a person’s needs, choices and aspirations, rather than on diagnostic categories or labels.
We help individuals to:
- move on to appropriate accommodation at the end of their tenancy
- cope better with episodes of mental illness
- gain improved living and social skills, and to enhance their coping mechanisms
- develop support networks of your own for continuing to live in the community
- increase their awareness of job-seeking and training opportunities
- increase their self-esteem and sense of personal fulfilment
- enable them to make more constructive use of their leisure time.
Who we can help
Our service is for anyone who is aged over 18 who has a formal diagnosis of mental ill health and is eligible for re-housing as a homeless person by either Southend, Castle Point or Rochford councils or is eligible for housing benefit or self-financing.
We are funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.