The Direct Access hostel provides emergency and medium-stay accommodation for homeless single young people, aged from 16 to 21.
Direct Access includes: seven single and shared bedrooms, a communal lounge and kitchen, toilets, shower and bathrooms, along with a training room and offices. There is a nightly charge, although people who are unable to pay are never refused emergency accommodation.
Breakfast is provided for residents and there are facilities available to cook and make drinks at other times of day. Residents can stay in the hostel for up to six weeks and staff will advise them about benefits and resettlement options. Project Workers will act as key workers for individual young people, and provide a structured programme of life skills. There is also a Lifestyle Support Service for young people wanting to address issues such as substances misuse.
Roundabout has nine bed spaces available for young people who are not yet ready to try independent living. They are encouraged and taught how to maintain the space themselves but have access to staff when they need it.
The young people work with their key workers to achieve the goals they have set themselves as part of the resettlement planning process, and continue to access the in-house training and other services. They can stay for as long as necessary for them to address issues that may prevent them resettling successfully into the community. The average stay is around four months.
Adjacent to the hostel, Roundabout has an additional eight self-contained flats. Young people have the same key work and support provision as residents in the core hostel, but they will have started or are working towards some form of education, training or employment. If they cannot sustain or access ETE they will be given the opportunity to move back into the core hostel and work more intensively with staff to secure training or employment. They will otherwise be supported in finding a more suitable form of accommodation.
For more information about the Roundabout Hostel, contact us on 0114 2589829.