Securing private tenancies for the young people on the CATCH Scotland programme is a unique part of their experience, providing them with the real life situation of choosing their flat and furniture. The tenancies are taken out by CATCH on behalf of the young people, and staff are there to aid each young adult initially with budgeting, maintaining the house and the day to day running of the tenancy. Levels of support are agreed with the Local Authority and can be increased or decreased according to the young person’s needs.
Singleton living accommodation is a key part of the transition process of a young adult to full indepence and is a key part in CATCH’s success with its young people. We have developed a very positive outcome model that allows the young people to move on to full independence.
Often young people want to remain in their original communities, but in other cases they want to start life afresh, away from where they were brought up. CATCH therefore works closely with the placing Local Authority to find an identified tenancy that meets each young adult’s needs. It also promotes his/her integration into the community by encouraging participation in a variety of local groups and work placements, and helping each young adult to establish how to acces the requisite transport to support involvement in such activities.
CATCH Scotland has links with many letting agents across Renfrewshire and even had one young person complete an apprenticeship in one the agent’s offices, enabling him to gain a qualification at SVQ Level 2 in Office Administration.