The Midstays Houses give women who are not yet ready for independent accommodation an opportunity to develop their confidence and enhance their life skills before they are ready to move into the community.

Support will be continued until the woman feels she is able to relocate into a permanent tenancy.  Referrals will be accepted from external agencies who will be required to complete a referral form.

We will accept referrals from women who may need time and support before taking up their own tenancy and who will benefit from / and enjoy – living in a shared accommodation environment.

ACCOMMODATION SERVICES
The Midstay Houses provide safe, secure and supported accommodation to single women.  The scheme consists of two houses accommodating three and four women respectively.  There are rooms with individual cooking facilities, whilst the main kitchen, bathrooms and laundry facilities are shared in both houses.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY:
The scheme is committed to delivering its services based on meeting the needs of individual residents.  The houses promote and celebrate diversity of culture, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.

SUPPORT SERVICES
We aim to work with the women to develop an individual support package tailored to their needs, which will be regularly reviewed.  We will work with women to provide help, advice and support in the following areas:

· Welfare benefits
· Training, education and/or employment
· Healthcare
· Budgeting skills
· Tenancy issues

There is a Support Worker available during office hours, who offers support to the women.  Her role is to work across the two Midstay houses.

MOVING ON:
When the woman is ready to leave, assistance will be given in finding suitable and appropriate move-on accommodation.   Residents are offered help in completing housing application forms, liaison with housing providers, visits to prospective tenancies and applying for furniture grants